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Stags sign Brighton winger

Posted onPosted on 20th Feb
Stags sign Brighton winger

Mansfield Town have signed winger Jeffrey Monakana on a one-month loan deal from Brighton & Hove Albion.

The 21-year-old will be available for tomorrow’s Sky Bet League Two match at Oxford United.

A quick and direct player, Monakana boasts previous experience from spells with Preston North End, Crawley Town (loan) and Colchester United (loan).

The winger also spent time on loan at Scottish Premiership side Aberdeen earlier this season, where he made 10 appearances – including two against Celtic – and helped Derek McInnes’ Dons climb to the top of the table.

Born in Enfield, North London, Monakana spent four years in the academy ranks at Arsenal, before he joined Graham Westley’s Preston in June 2012.

Following some impressive pre-season performances, he made his senior debut for the Lilywhites in a Capital One Cup tie against Huddersfield Town in August 2012, and held down a regular place in his first season as a professional at Deepdale – featuring on 47 occasions and weighing in with six goals.

He spent time on loan at both Colchester and Crawley last season, punctuated by signing permanently for Brighton & Hove Albion mid-season.

Although he is yet to feature for the Seagulls at first-team level, Monakana enjoyed a six-month loan at Aberdeen earlier this season.

Monakana’s loan with the Stags will expire at midnight on Saturday 21 March.

Describing his style of play, Monakana said: “I think I’m direct, have a lot of pace, skill and I like to get assists and goals – that’s what I want to do and want to bring to the team.

“Hopefully, I can do all of that and get fans off their seats.”