Stags could offer Hegarty a deal before weekend

LEFT winger Nick Hegarty could be the first of several new faces at Field Mill as boss Paul Cox looks to bolster his squad.

Hegarty, who was with Stags pre-season but not offered a deal, has been back training with the club recently and Cox is hoping he can tie up a deal with the former Grimsby Town and St Mirren man before Saturday’s tough visit of Cambridge United.

“Nick is a free agent and has a cultured left foot,” said Cox.

“We are short on out-and-out left footers and he would give us a bit of balance. But there is a lot to be done between now and Saturday.”

Saturday is also due to be Ben Futcher’s final game of his three-month loan spell, the central defender set to return to Bury with his future unsure.

“Ben is going to be a massive loss if we can’t get him back here,” said Cox.

“I would love to bring him back in January. But it’s a long time away and I may have to go out and bring in one similar to him now as it would be harsh on John Thompson and Rhys Day to just throw them back in. It would be too much pressure on them.”

Stags were also hoping to tie up a long term deal with on-loan Oxford striker Matt Green this week, but Green was still off today with the illness that swept through the club this week.

Although the deal is ‘99 per cent done’, this may delay it further and could also see Green struggle to play on Saturday.