PROLIFIC striker Jake Speight can’t wait to get started on his second spell at Mansfield Town after rejoining the club from BSBP rivals Wrexham this week.
The 26-year-old old signed for an undisclosed fee to become the ninth new player to be signed by manager Paul Cox since the end of last season.
Since his stay with the Stags in season 2009-10, where he scored 17 goals, the ex-Sheffield United trainee found the net on four occasions in 18 appearances for Bradford and bagged 24 goals for Wrexham last season.
Speight signed off with a hat-trick in his final game against Kidderminster and, having ended up top scorer with 17 goals, was hoping the club would offer him an improved deal for the following season.
When that was not forthcoming, he put in a transfer request and left for League football at Bradford City, the Bantams paying £25,000 for his services.
However, it all turned sour for Speight at that point after he ended up in jail before the new season kicked-off when he pleaded guilty to assault charges on his girlfriend of the time, with neither Stags nor Bradford aware of the impending case.
Speight was sentenced to three months inside but appealed against his sentence a week later and was released from prison.
A Crown Court judge ordered his sentence to be suspended for 18 months and that Speight conduct 100 hours of community work.
Since then Speight has begun his football rehabilitation at Wrexham where he finished the sixth top scorer in the Blue Square Bet Premier last term, and want to put his troubled past behind him.
“There are two sides to every story but I won’t get caught up in all that now,” he said.
“I have a young family now and I am both settled and happy. All that is completely behind me.
“I enjoyed my time here before. I always work hard and have added a few bits to my all-round game since my last spell here.
“Before signing, I spoke to Robbo (Gary Roberts) and couldn’t get him off the phone – he kept telling me how good it was.
“I kept hearing good things about the club and wanted to come back. I was interested in the ambition of the club and getting promoted next season.”
Manager Paul Cox said: “By signing Jake, we have brought to the club a proven goalscorer at this level.
“Last season at Wrexham, he scored 24 goals in all competitions on the left of a three-man attack and will be aiming to better that record next season.
“He comes to us with a strong mindset and high ambition,” he added.