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Defender Hayden White joins Stags

Posted onPosted on 12th Jan

Mansfield Town have signed Peterborough United defender Hayden White on loan until the end of the season with a view to a permanent deal.

The 21-year-old right-back made his professional debut for Bolton Wanderers in January 2014 and made one further appearance that season, in a defeat to eventual Championship winners Leicester City.

During the following season, White had loan spells with Carlisle United, Bury and Notts County before being recalled by Wanderers in February 2015.

After returning to the Trotters, he secured a season-long loan move to Blackpool for the 2015/16 season and appeared 29 times for the Seasiders during the campaign.

White’s contract with Bolton expired at the end of 2015/16 season and he subsequently joined Peterborough United on a two-year deal.

So far this season, the 21-year-old has made nine appearances for Posh.

Stags’ boss Steve Evans said: “Haydn is a young man who I’ve watched many times when he was at Blackpool, at a higher level.

“I watched him earlier this season at Peterborough where he was absolutely fantastic when going forward in certain games.

“We think we can add bits to his game and improve him and that’s why we have him here.

“I have been looking at a number of right-backs and I kept coming back to his name.

“I had a conversation with Barry Fry [director of football at Peterborough] and Darragh MacAnthony (chairman) and the option was for Mansfield Town to take the boy on loan with a view to doing something more permanent.

“Haydn wants to come here, he has made that very clear. He has noticed what we have done in a short time here and is aware of us a management team with the success we’ve had.

“The kid wants success and he’s coming from a young manager in Grant McCann who has left him out recently but speaks only in glowing terms of the kid.

“We had to bring in a little bit of experience given the news that Kyle Howkins won’t be around for a couple of weeks.

“We wanted to make sure that we weren’t limited with options so by bringing Haydn in, it makes us even stronger.”