Stags land central defender Thompson

MANSFIELD Town’s performance in Friday’s 2-1 friendly home defeat to Notts County was good enough to persuade former Magpies defender John Thompson to put pen to paper on a two-year at Field Mill.

The club revealed on Saturday morning that the vastly experienced Thompson (29) chose the Stags ahead of other interest.

Thompson, released by the Magpies at the end of last season, told “There was interest from clubs in higher leagues, but seeing the performance tonight swung it.

“Everything about the club just felt right to me. It took a bit of consideration to come down to this level to play, but this is a good club.”

A full Republic of Ireland international, Thompson - a central defender who can also play at full back - made more than 150 appearances for Nottingham Forest early in his career.

He also played for Tranmere and Oldham, before going to County in 2008, captaining the side that kept a record-breaking 26 clean sheets from 46 matches in winning the League Two title in 2009/10.

Thompson said he was surprised to have been released by the Magpies this summer and had many options, even going abroad, before dropping two levels to the BSBP.

New Stags boss Paul Cox labelled Thompson’s signature his ‘biggest signing’. He told “It has taken a bit of time, We have been talking to him over the last two or three weeks. It is a massive capture for this football club.

“He is a complete winner, a great defender ... a leader amongst men.”