The Big Kick-Off: Liam Hearn pleased to have got full game under his belt

Liam Hearn keeps his eye on the ball to slot home his and the Stags' second goal of the night -Pic by: Richard Parkes
Liam Hearn keeps his eye on the ball to slot home his and the Stags' second goal of the night -Pic by: Richard Parkes

Mansfield Town striker Liam Hearn says he is delighted to have got his first 90 minutes of pre-season under his belt.

Hearn played the full match during a behind closed doors friendly against Derby County on Tuesday, which Mansfield won 4-3 after initially trailing 3-0.

The run-out will significantly boost Hearn’s fitness levels as he battles for a place in the starting eleven against Northampton on Saturday.

Said Hearn: “I was very pleased to have played the full 90 minutes. The boss was going to take me off after an hour but I asked him to stick with me and see how I went and I got through the first 90.

“I know whether something is just uncomfortable and I can play on or whether there is pain and I should not push it.

“I am over my injuries now and can’t wait to get going. It is all about playing as many games as I can and enjoying myself this season.

“Being at Mansfield is ideal for me as it is on my doorstep. I can drop my daughter off at nursery before training and can be with my family afterwards.

“My friends and family can come and watch me play and that is perfect. I am very relaxed at Mansfield.

“I have got a good team behind me with the boss and physio and I am ready to go, but it is important not to get ahead of myself,

“Pre-season has gone as well as we could have hoped for and I am going to relish making my Football League debut when that happens. I can’t wait for the season to start.”

The former Eastwood Town star signed for Mansfield in June in a bid to solve the goalscoring problems which plagued Stags’ last season.

Hearn has already become an instant hit with the Field Mill faithful after bagging a memorable brace on his debut against Leeds United.

Hearn hit a superb 29 goals for Grimsby during the 2011/12 campaign,

But the former Alfreton Town striker had his Grimsby contract cancelled by mutual consent after he asked to leave the club following a series of injuries that meant he made only 15 appearances during the 2013/14 season.

Mansfield Town scored just 49 goals in League Two last season and will be looking for a big improvement this time around.