Mansfield Town have confirmed that they will send a first team to face Bradford Park Avenue on Thursday evening, rather than send a youth team as first intended.
The Stags lost 1-0 to Vitoria in Portugal on Saturday morning with the senior players played fourty-five minutes each, speaking prior to the journey back to the UK, assistant manager Ben Futcher confirmed to iFollow, it will be a similar case on Thursday evening
“The whole first team will go over [To Bradford Park Avenue] and we’ll look to do something similar as to what we did out in Portugal, two [sides] forty-five minutes to really build up that fitness and train Wednesday and Friday – building into the weekend and the other fixtures which come into play so we can really start fine tuning stuff”
The Stags management included four youth team players within the senior training camp and subsequent friendly, with Jordan Graham, Lewis Gibbens, Tyler Blake and Henri Wilder all playing forty-five minutes each, Futcher added “They all did well nobody let themselves down, it was a massive learning curve for them.
“It was great to have them involved – just them being around the first team squad and training with them, it’s something that we always like to do. It’s been a fantastic trip for them and the fact that they’ve been around the lads all week socialising with them, it’s been a really good exercise”
Of the squad who travelled to Portugal, three faces didn’t take part in the friendly in long-term absentee David Mirfin, Striker Danny Rose and transfer listed Paul Anderson – Futcher confirmed Rose and Anderson only missed out due to injury problems and that both would be involved when fit.
Meanwhile back in the UK, the Stags assistant confirmed that Paul Digby didn’t travel to the Portugal training camp following interest from other clubs, he, along with Anderson, midfielder Calum Butcher and defender Zander Diamond remain on the transfer list.
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