Leicester City defender Lewis Brunt returns from Mansfield Town

Leicester City defender Lewis Brunt has returned from a successful loan spell at Mansfield Town, the Stags’ official website have confirmed.

Leicester City gave the 23-year-old the go-ahead to link up with the Nottinghamshire outfit on a temporary basis last summer and he went on to help the Stags win automatic promotion from League Two, along with Stockport County and Wrexham.

Leicester City Leicester City man returns from EFL loan spell following promotion

Brunt, who is from Birmingham, enjoyed regular game time during his time at Field Mill and went on to make 40 appearances in all competitions, 34 of which came in the league for Nigel Clough’s side, and he bagged two goals from behind. .

Mansfield Town have become one of the latest Football League sides to release their retained list and announced that Brunt has returned to the King Power Stadium as they prepare for life in League One.

Leicester City Leicester City man returns from EFL loan spell following promotion

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A Leicester City man has returned from Mansfield Town

Leicester City have a big decision to make on what to do next with Brunt ahead of the next campaign.

The Foxes returned to the Premier League after winning the Championship title and were alongside Ipswich Town in League One.

Leicester City Leicester City man returns from EFL loan spell following promotion

Brunt’s chances of breaking into Enzo Maresca’s starting XI next term are slim due to the abundance of options available to them in his position, meaning another exit is not beyond the realms of possibility.

He began his career at Aston Villa and rose through the ranks of the Midlands outfit’s academy.

The centre-back never made a senior appearance during his Villa Park days and was loaned out to non-league Gloucester City to gain some experience before heading out the exit door permanently in 2021.

Leicester City offered him on a free transfer and he has since played twice for the Foxes.

Could Leicester City defender return to Mansfield Town?

It remains to be seen whether Mansfield Town would be interested in bringing him back for a second spell as they prepare for the third tier. He slotted into their team nicely and was one of the first names on the team sheet.

His contract expires in 2025, meaning Leicester City are under no pressure to let him leave anytime soon, unless they feel any offer they receive is too good to turn down.

The Stags have confirmed on their retained list that Anthony Hartigan, Callum Johnson, John-Joe O’Toole and Louie Turner have been released, while talks are ongoing with Lucas Akins, Ollie Clarke, James Gale, George Maris, Stephen McLaughlin , Rhys Oates. , Stephen Quinn, Taylor Anderson, George Cooper and Owen Mason.

They triggered options for George Williams, McKeal Abdullah, Charlie Carter, Finn Flanagan, Jakub Kruszynski and Darien Wauchope.

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