Blackburn Rovers agreed to release midfielder Willem Tomlinson from his contract at Ewood Park six months early in order to allow him to look for a permanent move elsewhere. Now, he has completed a move to League Two promotion chasers Mansfield Town.
Mansfield Town have announced the signing of midfielder Willem Tomlinson on their club website. The 21-year-old joins the Stags after leaving Blackburn Rovers at the end of the January transfer window.
Tomlinson played once for Blackburn this season in the EFL Cup. He previously made a total of 12 appearances in all competitions for the Lancashire side prior to this campaign.
He fell down the pecking order in the Championship this season under Tony Mowbray and was released so he could find a new club.
“I’m delighted to be here,” said Tomlinson.
“I got the call this morning and I just couldn’t turn it down. It’s such a good move for me.
“I had a chat with the gaffer and he sold it to me. He told me that we just want to win here and that he wants to develop players. I fully believed everything that he had to say and I can’t wait to get started.
“First and foremost I want to be getting promotion this season. We’re in a good position to get promoted and I want to be a big help until the end of the season to secure it.”
“It’s been a frustrating season so far. I’ve not really been involved in the [Blackburn] first team and made just one appearance.
“Since October I’ve been wanting to get out to go and showcase what I can do at another club.”
Speaking to the club website, Tomlinson went on to describe his play style, and what fans can expect from him as he looks to boost Mansfield’s promotion hopes.
“I’m about hard work. I can give a tackle, can play forward, and I just love to get on the ball and move forward.
“I’m going to work hard and give it everything I have every week when they [supporters]come and watch. Hopefully, I won’t disappoint.”