HASSELL JOINS BARNSLEY, MENDES TO JOIN TERRIERS
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Updated 17.43pm 23.06.04
The Mansfield Town defender Bobby Hassell has joined Barnsley. The 24-year old was offered a deal by the Stags, but has opted to join the Second Division club. He made 170 appearances for Mansfield and won promotion two seasons ago, but missed out this year in the play-off final. But Hassell says that defeat to Huddersfield wasn't a factor in his departure.
Updated 08.13am 23.06.04
The Mansfield Town manager Keith Curle says striker Junior Mendes is likely to move to Huddersfield Town, saying the Stags couldn't compete with the Terriers terms. Mendes scored 13 times last season as Mansfield reached the third division play-off final - where they lost to Huddersfield. Now, Mendes looks likely to make the move to the McAlpine Stadium, and Curle says there's little he can do.
'WE CAN WIN PROMOTION' - BOBBY
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NEW Reds signing Bobby Hassell gave his thoughts after arriving at Oakwell.
He said: “It is strange to be a Barnsley player after spending six years with Mansfield Town but I am really looking forward to pre-season starting next week. It was not a hard decision and you only have to look around to see why I jumped at the chance to come here.
“It is miles away from Mansfield facility-wise and I have come here to improve my game.
“Losing in the play offs was not the reason behind my decision to go - I was always going to leave Mansfield no matter what happened in Cardiff. It was a big disappointment to lose at the Millennium Stadium after all those games. That has gone now and I am looking forward to the new season.
“It is a new challenge and I have to prove myself again. That is what I needed personally and it did not take any persuading to come here. I had one meeting with Paul Hart and my mind was made up.
“I have been brought up to play football. It is a massive boost - I like playing football and know that Paul Hart's teams do that. We can definitely win promotion next season and the potential here is massive”.
'WE WILL HAVE A REAL CHANCE OF PUSHING FOR PROMOTION' - TONY
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REDS new boy Tony Vaughan spoke exclusively after being unveiled as a Barnsley player earlier today.
Tony, who worked with Paul Hart at Nottingham Forest, said: “I am very happy. I am really looking forward to the challenge and cannot wait for pre-season to start. I knew about Paul's interest a couple of days after the play off final and that was it. There was no turning back and I knew that I wanted to come here.
“There was interest from one or two other clubs but there was only one place that I was going after I spoke to Paul and the chairman here.
“Mansfield Town were great to me for a season and no disrespect to them but you only have to look around the facilities here at Oakwell to see that it is a massive club. I have come here to be successful.
“The set up here shows just what a massive club this is. You only have to look at Mansfield and Field Mill to see what the difference it. The training facilities are out of this world and Bobby Hassell and myself aren't really used to it. We did not have that at Mansfield.
“The biggest selling point for me was just what the manager had to say and he spoke about bringing success to Barnsley. I had a spell with Paul at Forest and things were good so I am looking forward to working with him again.
“There is a lot of expectation around the club and the players are desperate to do well. We want to get the club back into the First Division. Players have come here for success and we will be working hard both off and on the pitch to make sure that happens. Hopefully we will be promoted by this time next year.
“I spoke to the chairman and the manager and they told me the players that they wanted to bring in. If we can get all of them then we will have a real chance of pushing for promotion.
“I am a centre half that wants to win headers, win tackles and then give the ball to someone who can play! I do not mess about and I am tough but fair”.
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