George Taft may have gone out on loan to League Two rivals Cambridge United, but assistant boss Paul Raynor insisted his Mansfield Town career was far from over.
“He comes back in January and we’ll keep an eye on how he does at Cambridge,” said Raynor.
“We think it’s a good move for him. We thought his game time at the moment might be limited here, so it was an opportunity for him to go out and play.
“We don’t like to keep people sitting in the stands, so to speak, and not involved.
“We just felt with the defensive cover we have, George was the one that would probably lack a bit of game time with us.
“So it made sense for him to get out there and play, given that he’s spent a lot of time on the sidelines with injury last year. Game time will be essential for him.
“He has been a little bit unlucky, but it just shows you the back-up we’ve got and the quality in those defensive areas that we can allow George to go out and get that game time. That is a positive.”
Taft was one of three players expected to go out on loan last week but the only one that happened.
“There were a couple of enquiries on deadline day,” said Raynor.
“Obviously they didn’t follow them up on that day, but there are still opportunities to go into the Conference after the window so we will wait and see if anyone follows up their enquiries from Thursday.”