CURLE CHASING 4 STRIKERS
mansfieldtown.net reports that Stags Boss Keith Curle has identified no fewer than four strikers on his hit list. All are experienced players with plenty of league games under the belt but all vary in shape size and power:
"I know that some of the supporters are getting a little edgy that there doesn't seem to be a lot of transfer activity at the club but I have a number of players on my hit list that I have been approaching as when they are available. I am looking at four strikers all with different attributes some tall, some small and some strong. Also I am looking for a suitable player to fill the right back and right wing roles.
"It's not just a case of picking the first player that is on a free, he may not be good enough and I don't see the point of bringing in a player just for the sake of it. There are a lot of factors to consider there is a certain protocol to follow when approaching players, firstly you should contact the club and ask if it is okay to speak to a player then you have to contact their representatives – all this takes time and remember last season Luke Dimech and Dave Artell signed about a week before the season kicked off and look how they turned out. Come the 7th August we will be ready, we will have a good squad and everybody at the club will be ready so I urge the supporters not to get disillusioned and be ready as well" Curle told the official website this morning.
Stags tell Day to stay away
STAGS defender Rhys Day has been told to stay away from the club for 10 days to sort his head out.
The highly-promising 21-year-old Welsh U21 international is the only player still undecided on his new Field Mill contract.
Manager Keith Curle gave him until yesterday (Wednesday) to make a decision and, when that wasn't forthcoming, Curle told him to stay away.
"I have told Rhys I don't want him around me or the club as he isn't properly focused.
"I demand total commitment from my players to do the job in hand.
"I told him to come back and talk to me next Monday after our trip to Cornwall and we'll take it from there."
However, Curle is still confident Day will sign the two-year deal on the table.
"I believe he is having a lot of problems with his agent who has been touting him here, there and everywhere," he added
"Rhys believed certain clubs had been making offers for him.
"Luckily for me, I know the managers of two of those clubs personally and I rang them and they said they were not interested in Rhys Day.
"I am not being derogatory to Rhys but at the moment he is not ready for the First Division.
"He is a young man whose head is proverbially up his backside right now and when he comes out and sees the daylight he will be back here again.
"Rhys is a very promising young man. But he only has 40 League games behind him and sometimes is found wanting.
"Staying here is part of his education and good players learn from their mistakes very quickly.
"He is learning but he is not ready yet in my opinion.
"Thankfully, Dave Artell has already agreed to stay. No one has a divine right to be in the team and Rhys will have to try to win a place if he comes back."
Midfield ace Lee Williamson has agreed a new one-year deal.
Otherwise, Curle is quietly continuing his negotiations to bring in three or four new strikers.
"I am not getting desperate or panicking yet," he said. "I would rather wait and get the right men than trawl through the 'Bosmans' that are available.
"The ones I am looking at are a mixture of footballing brains and muscle and two are under contract at higher division clubs.
"But I also want a right-sided midfielder and a full back.
"I know some people can see sides like Bristol Rovers rushing out and buying lots of players. But, even if they get a squad of 30, they won't have the same quality that we will have here."
Curle already has two players on trial in German midfielder Krystian Prymula (22), who was on the books of Chemnitzer FC in 2002-03 as a midfielder and came from Berliner AK 07, and Win-Loang Willemin, a 21-year -old right back from France where he had been playing at FC Metz in the French Ligue One.
Widely-travelled former Macclesfield striker Martin Carruthers (31) is expected to join training as well this week and, from 12th July, former Leyton Orient striker Chris Tate (26) and former Barnsley right-sided midfielder Alex Neil (26) are due to arrive.
Stags will spend four days in Cornwall together this week with the first pre-season friendly at St Blazey next Thursday.
Stags have already had to switch three dates on the fixture list for the new season.
The game at Swansea on Saturday, 9th October has been brought back to the evening of Friday, 8th October to avoid clashing with coverage of the England v Wales World Cup qualifier.
Also to avoid clashing with Austria v England coverage, the home clash with Northampton on Saturday, 4th September will now move to Sunday, 5th September.
The game at Northampton on New Year's Day will kick off at 1pm to avoid congestion with a big rugby match in town on the same day.
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