By Pete O'Rourke

23rd Jan, 2020 | 10:13am

Exclusive: Mansfield Town set to sign Plymouth Argyle defender with PL experience

Plymouth Argyle defender Joe Riley is poised to sign for League Two rivals Mansfield Town this month, Football Insider understands.

The right-back is out of contract at Home Park this summer and the Pilgrims have decided to cash-in on his sale now rather than allowing him to run down his deal and leave on a free in the summer.

A source at Mansfield has told Football Insider the club are set to secure a deal for the 28-year-old in a bid to bolster their defensive options and boost their hopes of survival this season.

Riley has made 18 appearances in all competitions for Ryan Lowe’s men this season but his contract situation means he is set for the exit door before the end of January.

He began his career with Bolton Wanderers and he made three Premier League appearances for the club in the 2011-12 season, but his time at the club was hampered by a succession of injuries.

The full-back left the Trotters to join Bury on a free transfer in January 2015 where the full-back rebuilt a career which has seen him play almost 150 games.

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The full-back joined Shrewsbury in 2016 and helped them reach the League One play-off final in 2018 before joining Plymouth that summer.

Mansfield are languishing in 20th spot in League Two and Coughlan sees Riley’s experience as a key addition to his side as they battle to avoid relegation.

In other Plymouth Argyle news, it can be REVEALED that the club are keen on signing a red-hot attacker who has been lethal in front of goal this season.