Stags loan left back Edwards from Fleetwood

MANSFIELD Town added another quality player to their ranks today with the loan signing of experienced Fleetwood Town left back Paul Edwards.

The 32-year-old natural left-footer was a summer target of Stags boss Paul Cox but instead he joined the quality mass influx of players at title hopefuls Fleetwood.

However, as one of three left backs there, Edwards has been out of favour and Cox was staggered to find he was available and a deal was done quickly.

“It came out of the blue to be honest” he said. “I didn’t think I had a chance of getting him in any way. So for him to be made available and for us to quickly come to an agreement is excellent.

“He has got a little bit of everything. He is a good defender and does what good defenders do. His initial job is to stop people from playing. But he also has a nice left foot on him – that’s why Fleetwood took him in the first place.

“The lad will give us a bit of robustness in that position.”

Manchester-born Edwards has played over 300 League and non-League games with Barrow, Wrexham, Blackpool, Port Vale, Oldham Athletic, Swindon Town and Doncaster Rovers.

Stags could extend the loan for a maximum of three months with the agreement of all parties and, if he does well, doubtless the permanent signing of Edwards will be a summer possibility.

He will make his debut at Ebbsfleet on Saturday, allowing Luke O’Neill to go back to right back.