EATON BACK IN TRAINING
mansfieldtown.net reports that Adam Eaton, who finished last season carrying a nasty injury, has returned to training this morning and got of to a "flying start".
He has made great progress according to Stags Physio Ian Pearce. "Adam has responded well to the treatment and summer rest period and return to training with a flying start. All indications are that everything is back to normal and he should be able to finish a full and rigorous training regime with no effect", Ian told mansfieldtown.net.
CURLE LOOKS TO DEFENCE
Evening Post, 10 July 2003
Mansfield boss Keith Curle has signaled that a new defender is his priority after handing trials to three this week, including former Forest star Tony Vaughan.
Vaughan, who was handed a free transfer from the City Ground at the end of the season, has been joined by New Zealand captain Chris Zoricich, who represented the All Whites in the Confederations Cup this summer, and former Rotherham centre- half Dave Attrell. The former Forest man, who will be 28 in October, went to Field Mill on loan during Stuart Watkiss's reign last season, making four appearances.
That was followed by a spell in the Scottish Premier League with Motherwell.
Curle said he was looking at the defence as a priority as he believes other areas of the field are well catered for.
He said: "If I look at the position we are in for strikers, midfielders and the wide positions, I think we are pretty well off in all of them.
"But we could do with some more experience at the back.
"We have got plenty of players in the team who are capable of winning games for us but you also have to know how not to lose and that is why we are looking at the defensive side of things at the minute.
"At the moment, they are a little bit off the pace but that is really to be expected and we will be looking at them in games.
"All three have been given the guidelines of how the financial situation is at the club and they have been given the opportunity to impress.
"We need to see what they are like in games and see whether they will give us the right blend to see if they are the right pieces to put in the jigsaw."
Stags have arranged a friendly at Teversal on Saturday and kick-off at Caernavon Street is 3pm.
Admission charges are £2.50 for adults, £1.50 for concessions and accompanied children can get in free.
Former Stags defender Neil Moore has signed for Dr Martens League Premier Division side Nuneaton Borough, where he will team up with his former Field Mill colleague Dion Scott.
Moore was signed by Stuart Watkiss at the beginning of last season and made 21 appearances for the Stags before joining Nationwide Conference side Southport shortly after Curle's arrival.
Sheffield United have confirmed former striker David Kelly will be appointed assistant manager before the end of the week.
Kelly, who scored four goals to help the Stags into the Second Division the season before last, resigned from the same position at Tranmere last week after the Merseyside club rejected an approach from United.
The move completes Neil Warnock's backroom set-up following Stuart McCall's appointment as first-team coach.
But the Blades are facing a Football League investigation over the affair after a statement from Rovers confirmed they are "consulting lawyers and the Football League regarding breach of contract and Football League regulations by David Kelly and Sheffield United".
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