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STAGS TO RUN RULE OVER `REGGAE BOY`
1st July 2003 18:53


STAGS TO RUN RULE OVER 'REGGAE BOY'
Evening Post, 01 July 2003

Mansfield Town boss Keith Curle could be bringing Jamaican international Fitzroy Simpson to Field Mill.

The 33-year-old midfielder has been released by First Division Walsall and is looking for a new club. He is expected to join the Stags for a trial during pre-season training this week and he played with Curle during his time at Manchester City.

Curle said: "We will be giving Fitzroy the chance to come and train with us and see what he has to offer.

"He is in the process of looking for a new club and I know him very well from my time at City."

Curle has yet to enter the transfer market this summer as the Stags prepare for their return to Division Three after a season in the Second Division.

However, Simpson, who was recently a member of the Jamaican squad that played Nigeria and played for the Reggae Boyz in the 1998 World Cup, would bring a great deal of experience to Curle's young side.

He was released from his contract at the Bescot Stadium last month after originally joining them on loan from Scottish side Hearts.

The midfielder, who can play on the left, in the middle or at left- back, was originally released last summer but returned to play for nothing after being unable to find another club after the collapse of ITV Digital.

He then signed a contract for six months but has been seen as surplus to requirements by Saddlers boss Colin Lee, who is looking to establish a young side for their Division One challenge next season.

He started his career at Swindon before moving to Maine Road for £500,000 in 1992. He also enjoyed a successful spell at Portsmouth.

Meanwhile, Field Mill will host the FA Women's Community Shield between Doncaster Belles and Fulham on Wednesday, August 6.

It is the first time the charity event has been played outside London and Mansfield chairman Keith Haslam said: "Mansfield Town are delighted to be hosting a fixture of this stature and we look forward to welcoming both clubs."

 

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