Mansfield Town sign former Southampton trainee Ryan Tafazolli

STAGS’ boss Paul Cox has confirmed the signing of towering centre half Ryan Tafazolli.

The 20-year-old, a former Southampton trainee, gained first team experience on loan at Salisbury City in 2009, before being released by the Saints.

Said Paul Cox: “We needed a physical presence in defence and Ryan is a player who does all the basics well.

“He is a young player who has a desire to progress, and has the ability to have a good future in the game.”

The 6ft 5in defender will wear shirt number 32.