Mansfield Town manager David Flitcroft syas he’d been impressed by the attitude of young striker Omari Sterling-James, during the clubs training camp in Portugal.
The Stags senior side and youth team are coming towards the end of a week long camp, which will see the Stags face will now play Portugese Primeira Liga outfit Vitória Sport Clube, 11.15am local time, following the cancelation of the match with Dundee United.
Speaking about the young front man to iFollow, Flitcroft said “One player who has impressed me over here is Omari Sterling-James, I’ve been able to focus on him, concentrate on him – I think he’s probably understanding me and futch [assistant boss Ben Futcher] more the more [time] he’s spending in our company
“By his own admission he’s found it [hard work and a professional standard] difficult to be honest in his work ethic. Because of his talent, he’s dodged work at times and got away with dodging work – you can’t dodge work because if you do and take short cuts you don’t get succsess”
Sterling-James signed for the Stags last summer and after failing to make a real impact on the first team was loaned back out to non-league Solihull Moors where he’d previously impressed.
However Flitcroft believes the 24 year old can enjoy a positive campaign with the Stags “He’s made a real impact over the last couple of sessions – it’s been great watching him and spending time with him – I never ever fall out with a player and the door is never closed, my decisions will always be based on how hard somebody wants to work for the football club.”
Flitcrofts praise for Sterling-James comes after taking midfielder Will Atkinson off of the transfer list, confirming that interest in former Stags midfielder Giles Coke has also ended, with Coke not making the trip to Portugal.
One man who has travelled with the Stags however is defender Nathan Cameron who was released by Bury in the summer following a long-term injury, Flitcroft didn’t rule out a potential deal for the centre-half, who was his captain during the Stags’ boss’ tenure at Gigg Lane.
“He’s a great captain, great leader, talker and communicator on and off the pitch – he’ll certainly add value and we’re going to see how he progresses following his injury problem last season.
“We’re looking at him in massive detail every session he does I’m seeing how he reacts with this group of players, but having worked with him before – I know his character, I know what type of lad he is, we’ve left it [contract negations] open ended.”
The Stags will complete their training camp on Saturday with a match against Portugese Primeira Liga outfit Vitória Sport Clube before returning to the UK on Monday, the first team only have home friendlies confirmed against Derby County, Rotherham United, Sheffield Wednesday and Sheffield United – however there are a selection of fixtures labelled as ‘Mansfield Town XI’.
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