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WHITE SET TO TURN DOWN STAGS OFFER
28th May 2003 18:58


WHITE SET TO TURN DOWN STAGS OFFER
IAN WILKERSON, Evening Post, 28 May 2003

Determined Mansfield striker Andy White says he is desperate to stay at
Field Mill but will not be signing the contract offer the club has made.

The 21-year-old remains hopeful he will be able to sit down with manager
Keith Curle and chairman Keith Haslam to sort out an improved deal. But he
says he may have to move on.

If he does leave Field Mill, the Stags will be entitled to compensation
because White cannot move under the Bosman ruling because he is under 24.

The 6ft 4ins striker said: "I think I am worth a bit more than what the
club is offering.

"I have scored some important goals since I have been in the first team
and I don't think they have been fair to me.

"I know we have gone down to Division Three but next season I will be
looking at being one of the two regular strikers.

"If that is the case then I will be looking for a bit more.

"What it adds up to is about £25 more a week and I was one of the
lowest-paid players at the club.

"I want to stay at Mansfield but at the moment I am living at home with my
parents and I cannot afford to move out.

"All of the other lads have managed to do that but I cannot afford it."

White scored six goals in 30 appearances for the Stags last season.

He notched twice on the opening day against Plymouth and scored the winner
in the 1-0 win over Barnsley and the 2-1 final-day win over Northampton.

He also made two appearances in a two-month loan spell at Crewe Alexandra
in the autumn.

He said he has not dismissed the chance of playing for Mansfield again and
hopes something can be sorted out.

He said: "I don't feel the door has been closed because I do love it at
Mansfield.

"I like Keith Curle as a person and I get the impression he likes me as a
player and is keen for me to improve.

"We have talked about my weaknesses and he is keen to help me so I hope we
will be able to sort something out.

"We have still got a couple of weeks to deal with the situation and I have
just got to wait and see what happens.

"Hopefully, we will be able to come to an agreement."

 

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