Mansfield Town have announced two January signings in recent days as they look to make a charge into the Sky Bet League 2 Playoffs.
Highly rated midfielder Louis Reed has signed for an undisclosed fee from Swindon Town on an 18-month contract until June 2024.
The 25-year-old was a product of Sheffield United’s academy, before joining Peterborough United in 2018 where he clocked up 69 League One appearances for The Posh.
Reed then moved on to Swindon Town in 2021 where he was voted the Clubs Player’s Player of the year in his debut season proving his quality at League 2 level.
After a season-ending injury to key midfielder Antony Hartigan, Reed comes in as a like-for-like replacement in the midfield engine room.
The Stags have also landed full-back Callum Johnson who played in the 1-1 draw with Crewe Alexandra on Saturday.
Johnson, who recorded an assist on his impressive debut, signed on a permanent transfer from Ross County penning an 18-month deal.
Manager Nigel Clough said: “Callum’s another player we’ve been aware of for a good number of years.
“We’re very pleased to sign Callum. He’s been playing regularly for Ross County this season.
“He’s a wholehearted player. He’ll get up and down on the right-hand side for us and defend as well. At 26-year-old, he’s possibly approaching the prime of his career.”
Although predominantly a full-back, Johnson can cover across the whole back four as well as a defensive midfield role.
He started his career at Middlesborough before permanently signing for Accrington Stanley in 2019 where he helped Stanley gain promotion from League 2 later that season.
The Stags will make the trip to third-place Northampton Town at the weekend which provides a great opportunity for the new signings to test themselves against a promotion contender at Sixfields Stadium.