Midfield role for Mansfield Town loanee Sean Kavanagh?

Mansfield Town v Luton Town - Skybet League Two - One Call Stadium - Saturday 23 Jan 2016'Sean Kavanagh
Mansfield Town v Luton Town - Skybet League Two - One Call Stadium - Saturday 23 Jan 2016'Sean Kavanagh

With left back Mal Benning’s return from injury imminent, Mansfield Town boss Adam Murray said fans could see Fulham loan signing Sean Kavanagh operating more on the left side of midfield.

The talented youngster had a tough baptism of fire in Saturday’s 2-0 home defeat by Luton, but ahead of tonight’s game at Morecambe Murray said: “Kav has played all his games in the Championship.

“He is a Republic of Ireland U21 international and has played his games at left back for them and a couple for Fulham.

“But a lot have been left midfield or left wing. Mal is back in training, so with that in mind, after losing Nathan Thomas, we needed to add a bit more balance further up the field.

“Like many of our players, he can play a number of roles and is multi-functional.

“The gamble on Saturday was that at League Two he might get caught out physically. Technically you saw on Saturday his left foot is a wand.

“He is quick. He’s got a good brain and he reads situations well. He is a little fellow who’s not scared to have a go.

“So he will give us something going forward and when Mal is back then that will be tremendous.”

Kavanagh had to be brought in at short notice last week after Notts County changed their minds about allowing on-loan left back Blair Adams to Mansfield on a permanent basis – a change of heart that clearly upset Murray.

“Without saying too much, we were led to believe by some individual at Notts County that they didn’t want Blair and it was done,” he said.

“It was just a case of them agreeing a deal with him to go and us agreeing a deal with him to stay, which we did.

“At quarter to 11 the night before he was due to go back I got a phone call - I was in the bath, washing my so-and-so’s and they said they were taking Blair back tomorrow.

“I dropped my soap – it’s a good job I didn’t drop my phone.”

However, the Stags will not be bringing in any new faces ahead of Monday’s January transfer window deadline.

Murray said: “We are what we are and we’ll deal with what we’ve got.

“We will work as hard as we can with what we’ve got. We can’t go out and sign big X-Factor players like Oxford and Northampton. We will just work twice as hard and see where that take us.”