I said on these pages little under a month ago that Mansfield Town should move to secure themselves an experienced goalkeeper if they were serious about challenging for honours and I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Mansfield Town manager Adam Murray for evidently reading my ramblings on the Nottinghamshire football clubs.
In all seriousness though the manager has really delivered with yesterday’s uplifting news that he had secured the services of not one, but two, top-class experienced stoppers.
Scott Shearer is a man who knows his way around an 18-yard box and is a very accomplished goalkeeper – if anything I am surprised he has dropped into League Two.
The 34-year-old ex-Rotherham United keeper has won no fewer than seven promotions during his career! Seven! That is some CV.
Along with his superb record of achieving collective end of season honours at the club’s he has played for, on a personal level he boasts over 100 cleans sheets during spells with the likes of Crewe Alexandra, Crawley Town, Wycombe Wanderers and Coventry City.
I have no doubt that giant Glaswegian will be a magnificent capture for Murray’s men.
In as back-up to Shearer, Murray has managed to pull off the coup of former Burnley custodian Brian Jensen who will combine his playing duties with that of goalkeeping coach at the One Call Stadium.
At the age of 40 I wouldn’t expect Jensen to play too many games for the Stags, should Shearer stay fit, but it certainly represents a real improvement in the calibre of player that the club are now attracting under Murray.
Affectionately known as The Beast due to his commanding presence, the Danish stopper was playing Premier League football just six years ago for the Clarets and despite having one eye on his coaching commitments, he will no doubt provide healthy back-up should anything force Shearer to miss out.
Whether Murray decides to further strengthen his squad ahead of the curtain raiser on August 8th remains to be seen – a central defender is possibly required – but one thing for sure is that the Stags boss means business and doesn’t plan on being around League Two for long.
Watch this space.