Mansfield manager Adam Murray hopes that his side can get off to a good start in his first full season as manager of the Stags:
Ahead of the start of the football season, ITV Calendar's sports reporter, Chris Dawkes, has had a look at the prospects for the region's League Two sides:
Mansfield Town have announced the signing of winger Nathan Thomas on a free transfer from Scottish Premiership outfit Motherwell.
The 20-year-old, from North Yorkshire, made two appearances for Ian Baraclough’s team in 2014/15 after joining them on a free transfer midway through the season.
On his signing for the club, Thomas said: “Adam Murray [the manager] sold the club really well to me, with the style of football he wants to play and where he wants to take the club. I think he wants a youthful approach this season, with loads of energy, playing with wide men and playing football by passing the ball and playing it through the sections of the pitch – it’s how I was brought up to play football, the proper way."
Manager Adam Murray said: “Nathan is somebody who was with us for a month at the end of last season [on trial].
“He's a direct quick winger with a superb left foot which can create and he has a goal in him. As a person he is hungry and has a point to prove. He knows that he has to maximise his potential and we will help him to do this. It's an opportunity for Nathan and with hard work and the right attitude I believe he can be special.”
Mansfield Town have re-signed striker Matt Green.
The 28-year-old has signed a permanent deal to return to One Call Stadium.
The Stags have also signed left-back Malvind Benning on a free transfer.
Mansfield Town have appointed caretaker manager Adam Murray as their new full time boss.
The 33-year-old's appointment makes him the youngest manager in the football league.
He captained the Stags to the Conference Premiership title in the 2012/13 season, combining on-field duties with a role as assistant manager.
He was appointed caretaker boss after Paul Cox's departure and now succeeds Cox as manager
Two FA Cup First Round ties featuring teams from our region have been called off.
Mansfield Town's match at Concord Rovers and Doncaster Rovers game at Weston-Super-Mare were both postponed due to waterlogged pitches.
Mansfield Town defender Luke Jones is unlikely to play this season after suffering an Achilles injury in training.
The summer signing had been pencilled in for a comeback from tendonitis in the next couple of weeks, having recently started doing some light jogging.
But the club confirmed he now faces a spell on the sidelines of between ‘four to six months’.
Christmas came early for sick children in hospital in Mansfield today when they were visited by Mansfield Town’s first team squad - who came armed with presents.
Young Stags fans were delighted to come face-to-face with their heroes.
Manager Paul Cox said: “At this time of year, it's nice to spread some Christmas cheer to those less fortunate than ourselves. The lads have dug deep and have put their own money into a collection to buy presents for poorly children."
Supporter Steven Bingham tweeted: ‘Just taken my daughter to children’s ward at KMH [King’s Mill Hospital] and bump into the #mtfcsquad! Great to see that side of the game! #stars’