Midfielder Stephen Quinn has signed for Mansfield Town on loan until the end of the season.

The 34-year-old joins from Burton Albion and has been reunited with Stags manager Nigel Clough, who worked with Quinn during his time at the Pirelli Stadium.

Quinn made 22 League One appearances in the first half of the season under Jake Buxton, who has since been replaced by Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink.

He made 33 Premier League appearances during Hull City’s top-flight campaigns in 2013/14 and 2014/15, as well as 15 appearances for Neil Warnock’s Sheffield United in 2006/07, scoring two goals as the Blades were relegated straight back to the Championship.

Quinn is also a Republic of Ireland international with 18 senior caps, including their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign in which they drew 1-1 with Germany.

Nigel Clough left the Brewers in May 2020 to aid the club financially amid the suspension of football due to COVID-19.

At Mansfield Town since November, Clough said of the signing, “We’ve worked with Stephen for 18 months or so. He’s a very experienced player.”

“If James Perch, Andy Cook or Nicky Maynard don’t start, we don’t have an outfield player over 30 years of age. That type of experience in the midfield area will be useful for us between now and the end of the season.”

Quinn’s first opportunity to feature for the Stags will likely be on Saturday 23 January, when they visit Southend United.

Mansfield’s home fixture against league leaders Carlisle United was postponed on Thursday due to positive COVID-19 tests within the Cumbrians’ squad.

Nigel Clough’s side now have a free week to prepare for their trip to Roots Hall, with the Carlisle game to be rescheduled in due course.


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