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1st July 2004 14:11


More Trialists at the Mill
In order to bolster his 14 strong Stags squad Boss Keith Curle has brought in more players on trial with a view to signing:

Right Midfield player Alex Neil from Barnsley joins Striker Chris Tate from London outfit (Leyton Orient) and Nottingham born, prolific goalscorer Martin Carruthers from Macclesfield.

Other contract news from Field Mill is that Luke Dimech, Adam Eaton, Dave Artell and Lee Williamson have all agreed to sign new deals keeping them at Mansfield Town for between one an two years.

Stay Away Rhys!
Stags Boss Keith Curle has asked centre back Rhys Day to stay away from the club for a period of ten days to clear his head and regain his focus.

Rhys who has been offered a two year deal to stay at Field Mill has been having a hard time of it over the Summer break with his agent touting him here, there and everywhere and filling his head with the notion that a number of clubs have made a bid for his services, which isn't the case. The pressure and the 'I could be playing for..' routine has distracted Rhys from the important issue of signing a good deal at the Stags.

"Rhys has had a tough time of it lately with his agent touting him all over the place and filling his head with dreams of playing for clubs in the higher reaches of the Championship league (formerly division 1). Hence the lad's reluctance to put pen to paper at this club. One of the clubs is QPR so I phoned Ian Holloway up, who I have known for years – he was the best man at my wedding, to ask if he was making a bid for Rhys and he said that he hadn't heard of him never mind scouting the lad.

"But unfortunately the damage was already done and his focus wasn't on the job in hand so I told Rhys and his parents that it would be best for him to go away from the club for ten days to re-align his focus. He is a good player but Mansfield has been the first step on the ladder and in my opinion he still has a lot of learning to do before playing in the higher divisions. Ganns and I will be there to help him out when he is focussed. With Dave Artell and Luke Dimech both agreeing to sign new deals Rhys will have to be in top form to win a place in the team." Said Curle explaining his decision.

Curle added "because we are not letting Rhys go on a 'FREE' we are still paying his wages on a week by week basis despite his contract expiring."


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