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8th April 2003 23:11

Evening Post, 08 April 2003

Mansfield Town boss Keith Curle hopes to launch a summer raid for Sheffield United defender Ben Doane.

Curle wants to make Doane - who returned to Bramall Lane yesterday after a three-month loan at Field Mill - a permanent addition to his squad.

And he told supporters disappointed by the full-back's departure: "The situation is not dead and buried. If I can get Ben back, I will.

"Ben is a player I like very much.

"He did extremely well during his time at Field Mill and I would like him here on a permanent basis.

"He's out of contract in the summer so I'm hoping I can sort something out then."

Doane, 23, was recalled at short notice by United boss and former Notts County manager Neil Warnock in time for last night's Division One match at Wimbledon.

United were suffering a player shortage due to injuries, but then Doane was injured himself - a controversial tackle from Darren Holloway saw him stretchered from the field with his legs strapped together.

Curle said of Doane's recall: "The phone call from Neil came out of the blue, but I fully understand the situation.

"That's the nature of loan deals - players can be recalled at a moment's notice - and I would just like to wish Ben well between now and the end of the season."

Curle insists Mansfield's supporters didn't see the best of Doane, who had been with Stags since January.

"Ben had a variety of things to contend with including problems with illness, a family bereavement and becoming a dad."

Meanwhile Stagsnet sends it's best wishes to Ben for a speedy recovery.


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