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INTERVIEW: Mansell on signing for the Reds

The 23-year-old striker signed a one-year contract at the Wham Stadium earlier today

6 November 2020

After signing a one-year deal earlier today, Accrington Stanley striker Lewis Mansell explained that he can't wait to get going in Sky Bet League One for the Reds.

Burnley-born Mansell attended Blessed Trinity RC College before signing a scholarship with Blackburn Rovers, where he featured regularly for the club's development side in the Premier League 2.

"We had a good age group at school, a number of us were at academies back then and we were the first school in Burnley to win the English Schools' Cup.

"Then I moved onto my scholarship at Blackburn, and I was there for quite a few years.

"I went through the youth system and into the reserves, I didn't quite make it into the first team so I had to try and find a path into first team football."

Following loan spells with FC United of Manchester and Partick Thistle, the 23-year-old joined the latter on a permament basis and he admits that he's happy he made the decision to move up to Scotland.

"I found it tough at times but overall it was a good experience.

"It was good to finally get some first team football and be in a first team environment, that's just what I wanted and I'm glad I made the move."

Mansell made a total of 33 appearances and scored three goals during his time with the club, including a goal in the club's 2-1 defeat to Raith Rovers in the Scottish Challenge Cup semi-final.

"I didn't play that many games and again I didn't score that many goals, but I thought when I did that I made an impact.

"It was tough to be a young lad breaking into a first team but I got quite a few assists and equally got a couple of goals, so that was pleasing."

When asked what the Accrington fans can expect of him, the striker explained that he will give his all for the club and that he can't wait to get going.

"I'm hard-working, physical, I'll do the dirty work and throw myself about, win tackles and headers, and I'll do everything I can for the club.

"I can't wait to get going, when that will be I don't know but I'll be ready."

Mansell has been on trial with the Reds for a while now, and he is hoping that he can repay the faith shown in him by the coaching staff at the club.

"Initally they wanted me to play in a game first, but with the current climate the games never came about.

"By the looks of it I've done enough in training to warrant a contract and hopefully I can repay them later on in the season.

"I think I've got what it takes to play in League One and hopefully go higher."

With his grandparents living near to the Wham Stadium, Mansell has previously attended a couple of Stanley games and he admitted that it's a club he's known about for a long time.

"I've always followed Accrington anyway, my grandparents live close to the stadium so I've always been around here.

"I went to a few games with my dad when I was younger, so it's a club that I've known about for quite a while."

The full first interview video with Lewis Mansell is available to watch on the club's official YouTube channel, CLICK HERE to find out more!


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