Mansfield Town strengthen defensive options with double signing

NEAALC100828G9 Eastwood Manager Paul Cox
NEAALC100828G9 Eastwood Manager Paul Cox

MANSFIELD TOWN Manager Paul Cox has strengthened his defensive options with two new signings.

Ex-Southport left-back Andy Owens and former Lincoln right-back Lee Beevers have put pen to paper with the Stags.

Cox has reputedly fought off interest from Gateshead and Cambridge to win the race to sign ex-Liverpool trainee Owens.

The 22 year-old attracted the attention of a number of clubs after making over 40 appearances for the Sandgrounders last season.

Former Lincoln stalwart Lee Beevers appeared over 150 times in the Football League with the Imps and has also enjoyed spells in the League with Boston and Colchester. The 28-year-old was Walsall’s regular right-back last season in League One, where he played in 40 matches.

Manager Paul Cox said: “We’ve nipped in there to sign Andy. He’s an excellent player with England C experience.

“Lee Beevers has over 300 league appearances to his name and will add further competition to our defence.”

In other news, the club can confirm that Richard Cooper has agreed to join the Stags as first team coach from Eastwood Town, where he previously worked with Cox as his assistant for two years.