SkyBet League Two side Mansfield Town have announced the signings of two young goalkeepers.

Nathan Bishop and George Shelvey join on loan until the end of the 2021-22 season, from Manchester United and Nottingham Forest respectively.

The Stags finished last season in 16th place, recovering from a dire start after Nigel Clough took over in November 2020.

England U20 international Bishop came through Southend United’s academy, making his debut in League One aged 18 during the 2017/18 season.

He was snapped up by Manchester United in January 2020, after making 30 League One appearances for the Shrimpers.

Bishop will spend most of pre-season at United’s AON Training Complex, joining the Stags in time for the start of the League Two season.

Nigel Clough’s side host Bristol Rovers on 7 August; the manager was pleased with his acquisition.

“Nathan is a promising young goalkeeper with good experience in League One with Southend.

“For a young goalkeeper, to get those 30 games in League One was great for him.

“He showed a degree of maturity in that time, which will hopefully have improved in the past 12 months.

“Although he hasn’t played too much in the past year, he has trained with Manchester United’s first-team every day, which is the next-best thing to playing games.

“You cannot fail to improve in that environment with United’s coaches and playing staff,” Clough said.

“He is the best we can get in this position.”

Shelvey, meanwhile, featured on the bench in Forest’s second consecutive Emirates FA Cup trip to Chelsea in January, before the 19-year-old moved on loan to Southern League Premier Division South side Truro City.

The Forest man arrived at Field Mill a day after Bishop. Former Reds midfielder Clough said:

“George is a young goalkeeper with a lot of potential.

“Seamus McDonagh, our goalkeeper coach, has worked with him before at Forest and speaks highly of him,” he said.

“Being involved day-in-day-out with a good, League Two first-team squad will only benefit his development.

“He’ll probably start out as a number two goalkeeper but we want him to really push for the number one spot.

“He’s not come to sit on the bench. He’ll have some games in the EFL Trophy and fixtures like that.”


Featured image credit: George Shelvey (Twitter)

%d bloggers like this: