Mullins rejects new Stags deal

Almost inevitably, Mansfield Town's Player of the Season John Mullins has turned down the offer of a new contract at the club.

Mullins is aged under 24 and so would command a fee, set by a transfer tribunal, if he moves on.

But Mullins said: "I have enjoyed my time here but I want to stay in the League and play at as high a level I can.

"I think I have done okay and I don't want people to think I am going for the wrong reasons. It is purely for my career.

"It has been a difficult season with being relegated. But now I have got to look to the future and hope I can stay in the league. That's where most people want to be. I want to challenge for titles and be successful."

The official Stags web site this afternoon suggested they would meet Mullins and his agent to offer an improved deal, but it is almost certain nothing will change the impressive young defender's mind.

Stags boss Paul Holland said: "I would love to keep him here. But John is one who can play in the Football League and at a higher level than last season.

"To be fair to him he deserves to go and play a lot higher."