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Mansfield pull off coup with shock signing of Premier League player

Mansfield Town pull off a coup with the shock signing of Premier League player Matty Longstaff, and boy has it left fans stunned.

The Stags completed a late transfer deadline day double loan deal by signing the midfielder Matty Longstaff as well as Hibernian winger Jamie Murphy.

Longstaff, 21, and Murphy, 32, have both joined for the rest of the season with Nigel Clough’s in-form side gunning for promotion from League Two.

Both are free to play for sixth-placed Mansfield at Harrogate on Tuesday night, and Murphy previously played under Clough at both Sheffield United and Burton.

Newcastle academy product Matty Longstaff, whose elder brother Sean is still at St James’ Park, has also been in the Scottish Premier League this season, having gone out on loan to Aberdeen in August.

He made his name with a late winner against Manchester United in October 2019, and that goal won him a Premier League Goal of the Month award.

He also scored twice for the Magpies in 14 Premier League appearances, both against the Red Devils, with the second coming in the return game at Old Trafford.


Mansfield Town are delighted to announce the signing of Newcastle United midfielder Matty Longstaff on loan until the end of the season.

A product of the Newcastle United academy, Matty joins the Stags with good pedigree having scored twice for the Toon in 14 Premier League appearances.

The 21-year-old made his debut for the Magpies in August 2019 against Leicester City in the EFL Cup.

Two months later, the midfielder secured a Premier League Goal of the Month award for an outstanding strike against Manchester United at St. James’ Park.

Matty scored against the Red Devils for a second time in the reverse fixture at Old Trafford.

The Rotherham-born maestro signed a contract extension with Newcastle at the end of the 19-20 season, playing alongside his older brother Sean.

In August 2021, Matty joined Aberdeen on loan. After five appearances with the Dons, he returned to Newcastle.

“To get a good midfielder with Premier League experience is a coup for us,” Stags’ boss Nigel Clough.

“We’re looking forward to working with Matty and get him playing some regular football.

“Having let Harry Charsley go to Port Vale, it’s a good reinforcement for us in the midfield area.”

Twitter users reacted as Mansfield pull off a coup with the shock signing of Premier League player Matty Longstaff, see what they said below…

@craigbromf: Unreal signing. Still time for one more and just as exciting.

@NatashaJones_01: I’m from Newcastle but live in Mansfield, Matty will be such a good signing for yous! Just needs game time. Wishing him and you lot the best for the rest of the season, good luck! 🙂

@Ben_Mattin1: @SkyBetLeagueOne see ya soon x

@bwfc714: Great signing to help your promotion push. Best of luck Stags.

@ToonMouthTyne: Great little player. Give him games!!! #NUFC

@arron_mather: The Nigel Clough pull 😍

@krazyminer1: Ngl pretty jealous but omfg what a signing wow ! I’m speechless (bradford fan) well done with bradford was ran like mansfield

@Martinapen: Welcome to our promotion party Matty


@LShpylka96: How on earth have you managed to do that?

@elliewells7: Imagine you’d been a coma and woke up and seen this

@ManquilloSZN: Look after him lads

@chris_langsford: Signing of the day this

@FIWCHAMP9: How? he could easily play for anyone in the championship why such a low level?

@fincurtiss: Didn’t think Mansfield or anyone in League Two would be capable of a signing like this but damn…

@Owen_BRFC1883: To be honest that’s incredible

@LukeGrocottWfc: They’ll still find a way to fuck it up

@Jel_Bcafc: Don’t have a clue how they’ve pulled this one off

@olpafc_: I’m in disbelief

@EmmaBfc90: This is honestly so so bizarre 😂😂

@BenjaminGrocott: How’s he playing league fucking two

@Liam_Muzza99: Can’t wrap my head around this one, surely good enough for the championship?

@moyes_boy: Newcastle just told all the dead players to fuck off asap lol, didn’t care where they ended up

@bowers_cameren: What the fuck

@SLeela1990: thats promotion for them then

@jmcgurk20: What a move this is!! He’ll be a star lads still expecting big things from him

@spireriteblue39: To be fair that’s an awesome signing. Well done for getting it done.

@Nathan_Garside: How the fuck have they blagged this signing, way too good for league 2!

@bhclough: That is quite a coup. Nigel must be one hell of a smooth talking b******. Well done 👏

@__Tjsmith: Jesus Christ I love this club

@onlyColU: This could genuinely be one of the maddest league 2 deadline day signings I’ve ever seen. Fairplay. #mtfc #colu

@sc1898_: lmao what the fuck

@MattMS_YouTube: I’ve been up for 21 hours, my brain can’t comprehend what going on anymore. Wtf

@Chriswfcsteele: @WFCOfficial this is what you call giving it a go! Useless fucks!

@MightyMillers20: That’s a quality signing that for league two

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