Scotland return as pre-season is sorted for Mansfield Town

Mansfield Town will once again start a tough pre-season with a training camp in Scotland – and pre-season fixtures are set to be announced.
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“I think we are about done for pre-season,” said boss Nigel Clough. “We've got some good games. “We're off up to Scotland again for a few days, though we've not got a game fixed for up there as yet.

“We were hoping to play Dundee with the contact with Gary Bowyer, but he's just left so that probably won't happen now. It's incredible they can get rid of him after he has just got them promoted. I think we are going to Retford first and Alfreton. I think we've got Rotherham coming to our place as well and one or two others in place. That will all be coming out very shortly.”

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He added: “The lads will be coming back shortly on 1st July. That gives us five weeks and we are going to have a good old proper pre-season.

Stags players in pre-season training last summer.Stags players in pre-season training last summer.
Stags players in pre-season training last summer.

“So they're going to be working unbelievably hard.

“Last season was very disruptive from the devastation of losing the play-off final to having just a short break and an early start to the season – it was all far from ideal.

“In some was, although it's been random, it probably contributed to the injuries a little bit. We will be a lot stronger and a lot fitter come the start of the season.”

Clough was also happy to sign a new contract.

“We didn't want to go anywhere,” he said. “I don't really like the term 'unfinished business' but we feel as though we're close – and we have been for two seasons.”