Mansfield Town sign Australia midfielder Keanu Baccus from St Mirren

Mansfield boss Nigel Clough said he was “thrilled” to sign the in-demand midfielder, who had previously been close to joining Bolton Wanderers, external.

“He had plenty of suitors, in League One especially, when it was known that he wanted to play in England and we’ve managed to persuade him to come and join us,” Clough said.

“He has much potential, is at a good age and we think he plays in the manner which we like; on the front foot and he’s good at winning the ball back.”

Baccus joins a Mansfield side that will play in England’s third tier for the first time in 21 years.

He is the second player signed by the Stags since promotion from League Two was secured, with striker Lee Gregory agreeing to a return to Field Mill last week.

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