Stags boss Cox hoping on O’Neill loan as players queue up to join promotion push

PAUL Cox has admitted he would love to bring star right back Luke O’Neill back to the Stags on loan from Championship outfit Burnley.

But the Mansfield Town manager said there was no movement on the situation at the moment.

O’Neill, last season’s player of the year, left Mansfield in the summer for the bright lights of the Championship.

But, unable to win a regular place at Turf Moor, the former Leicester City youngster, has been a regular visitor at the One Call Stadium.

“I have go to be respectful of Burnley and see what his situation is there,” said Cox.

“Luke was here at the Liverpool game and all the lads keep in touch with him.

“He wants to play football and wants to go out on loan. But I have not been in touch with Burnley yet. I am just keeping an eye on it.”

Cox admitted the superb live TV showing against Liverpool had sparked a lot of unexpected interest from players wanting to now join his promotion push with the January transfer window now open

“The phone has been going non-stop since Sunday, so I don’t know if it is the Liverpool game that has drummed up interest. Players suddenly want to be a part of our future,” he said.

“One player from last season’s champions said he felt we were in a very similar position to what they were and that we could be challenging for honours and promotion.

“There is a lot of positive talk about us which bodes well. We just have to choose which players we bring in very carefully.

“There could be movement in and out before the weekend yet.”