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24th July 2003 0:11

Stags boss rules out France
CHAD website
Mansfield Town will not be putting in a bid for Alfreton Town's hot wing prospect Ryan France.
Stags manager Keith Curle confirmed after last night's friendly between the sides that he had partly used the game to run the rule over France but would not be pursuing that interest.
The youngster is now set to return for a two-week trial with Second Division Chesterfield, having already had a short trial there two seasons ago.
France recently returned from a trial spell at Coventry City where the Sky Blues were unable to agree terms with the Reds.
Mansfield Town were rumoured to be interested in his services and he even found the net in last night's friendly between the clubs which Alfreton won 2-1.
France showed the odd glimpse of his talents and also put away a firm header to give the UniBond League Premier Division new boys a first half lead.
But he was substituted after 52 minutes and at the end of the game Curle said: "People had mentioned Ryan's name to me and I was interested in having a look.
"But right now he is not better than what we already have in the club, though he is someone we will keep an eye on."


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