Harry Charsley has been sold by Mansfield Town to Port Vale for an undisclosed fee with the midfielder joining up with Mansfield born former Stags player Darrell Clarke who’s these days boss of the Stoke-on-Trent based side.
Currently tenth in League Two, Port Vale have been busy in the January transfer window with seven signings already and upon his capture of Charsley, Clarke who himself played over 150 games for the Stags, stated “He knows League Two and he knows what it takes to win games at this level.”
Clarke continuing “He’ll bring energy in midfield, he has got the ability to score goals and also create them.”
Charsley played 76 times for Mansfield after joining from Everton in 2020 although the Birkenhead born star has more recently struggled to break into Nigel Clough’s starting eleven with the likes of George Maris, Ollie Clarke, John-Joe O’Toole and Stephen Quinn joined by the emergence of youngster Ryan Stirk in a combative area of the park for the Stags.
Joining Charsley through the exit door is defender Corey O’Keefe who following a successful spell on loan at Rochdale, joins them on a permanent transfer. Tyrese Sinclair also left Field Mill for Scunthorpe United earlier in the week, his exit on loan until the end of the season.
In coming however with some positive news for the Stags is Nottingham born defender Kieran Wallace who joins on a free transfer from Burton Albion. The former Forest youngster now 27 has had spells at Sheffield United, Lincoln City and Matlock Town prior to joining Burton in 2019.
Nigel Clough who knows the versatile player very well from their time at the Brewers together, stated “Kieran will provide us with good competition and cover in several positions, including midfield, left-back and centre-half.
“We’ve worked with him before and he performed very well for us in League One at Burton.
“He’s fully fit now after injury and will be a good addition to the squad. He’s ready to hit the ground running.”
Mansfield face Leyton Orient at the One Call Stadium on Saturday (3pm kick off) and could have the experienced James Perch returning after a long term injury when he fractured his skull in August.
Perch played for the U23’s against Wigan in midweek and could feature on the bench whilst Ollie Clarke who missed the last couple of games (against Barrow and the non-event at Forest Green) could also return to action against the O’s.
*Main image @mansfieldtownfc Harry Charsley leaves for Port Vale.