WATKISS WELCOMES NEW PLAYERS
Stuart Watkiss has hailed the arrival of defenders Dion Scott and Neil Moore and has admitted "it's good to have them on board".
The Stags boss began addressing his central defensive problems two weeks ago when he released Adam Barrett and Les Robinson and is delighted after signing two replacements yesterday.
Both have Second Division experience under their belts, while Moore made four Premiership starts for Everton early in his career.
Scott arrives from Walsall where he began as an apprentice and Moore is delighted to be back in League football after dropping into the Conference for two seasons with Telford United following spells at Blackpool, Oldham Athletic, Carlisle United, Rotherham United, Norwich City, Burnley and Macclesfield Town.
"It's good to have them on board," said Watkiss.
"Both have played at this level before and they are good players. Dion defends well and has an excellent spring. I have seen him progress right through from the youth ranks at Walsall and I know he has been brought up the right way."
He added: "Neil has looked very comfortable at Conference level on the half-dozen times I have seen him and hardly broken into a sweat. With all due respect to the Conference, he is far too good for that that level.
"I understand there were a lot of clubs vying for his signature so we were pleased to get him.
"Neil has got the right balance of defending and knowing when the time is right to get the ball down and pass."
Moore, out of contract this summer, is to sign a two-year deal and Scott, already released by Walsall, a one-year deal.
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