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7th June 2003 17:16

Evening Post, 07 June 2003

Mansfield Town have made an improved offer to striker Andy White.

Manager Keith Curle has met with White and his agent to thrash out new terms. The player - who said publicly that he would not sign a new deal unless he was offered more money - is now thinking over the contract and has until June 17 to respond.

"We've increased our financial offer, but not dramatically," Curle told the Evening Post.

"The ball is now back in Andy's court and we'll have to take things from there.

"Andy knows I want to keep him and I'm sure he wants to stay.

"I would like to work with him here and help him improve his career, but it's up to him."

White, 21, scored six goals in 30 games last season.

Mansfield would be entitled to compensation if he leaves because players cannot move under the Bosman ruling until they are 24.

Curle went on: "The meeting was very positive and I'm hopeful that Andy will decide to stay.

"We've re-jigged a few figures around and I'd like us to come to an agreement."

Curle says payments to players will be much more incentive-based next season.

And he admits that many of those incentives depend on whether the club bounces straight back into Division Two.

"Football's like many businesses nowadays - it's performance-related," Curle said.

"The days of big basic salaries are gone and players have to hit certain targets to get certain financial awards.

"Mansfield's no different to anywhere else in that respect and players have to accept that situation as the way football's going these days.

"Clubs can't afford to be held to ransom and people are not going to be able to come to the likes of Mansfield to get rich."


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