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12th July 2004 23:39

From mansfieldtown.net

Field Mill goes International
Stags management duo Keith Curle and John Gannon have been continuing their search for potential players to bolster the nucleus of the Mansfield Town team.

Contacting an agent based in Belgium the duo sourced a Right Back, Centre Half and Centre forward from Europe.

Arriving at Field Mill this morning 22 year old Floran Graniar from Marsielle a talented Right sided defender that started his career with the French first Division club at the tender age of nineteen. With him 22 year old Couthel Thabut from the French second Division and 21 year old Leebibi Noham from Strasbourg.

Assistant boss John Gannon said:

"We have been in contact with an agent based in Belgium who has recommended we take a look at these players and so far they are looking good. Of course we need to see players in action during a game so we will be playing the lads in the behind closed doors against first Division Rotheham on Wednesday afternoon and possibly again on Saturday at Field Mill against Stoke City."

Also on trial at the Mill this week is Scott McNiven from Oxford United. Although only 26 years old this player has amassed 289 league games with some 253 of these been at Oldhan Athletic.

"Scott was just starting as a youngster at Oldham as I was finishing my time there and at 26 years old he has lots of first team experience so we think he is worth a look." Gannon told the official website.

Next week the long awaited arrival of Kristian Prymonlle (pronounced Prymula) will be realised when the polish born player flies in from German Bundesliga side Chemnitze.
Oxford right-back Scott McNiven has admitted he is unlikely to return to the Kassam Stadium after the club refused to offer him an improved deal.

McNiven turned down an initial contract offer from the club and the 25-year-old has not been offered a better deal since.

He has rejected the chance to link up with ex-Oxford boss Ian Atkins at Bristol Rovers as he does not want to move from his Northampton home.

"I don't think I'll be coming back to Oxford," McNiven told the Oxford Mail.

"They offered me a wage reduction at the end of last season which I told them was unacceptable.

"It's been left in the air. Graham Rix has not come back to me, and I've tried ringing the chairman, but that's been useless."
Scott McNiven
Born: Leeds
Date of birth: 27/05/1978
Height: 5'10"
Squad No.: 2
Position: Defender

Scott's Profile
Began the 2003-4 season in excellent form, bombing down the right and getting in some telling crosses.
Has spent most of his career at fullback but is gradually adapting well to the different demands of being a right wingback.
From a footballing background, with both his father and brother playing professionally, Scott was a Scotland Youth and Under 21 international who made more than 200 appearances for Oldham Athletic, where he had started as a trainee, either at right back or in central defence.
He became surplus to requirements at Boundary Park when the Latics signed Michael Clegg and Dean Holden in 2002 and Oxford signed him on a free transfer.
In the 2002-3, he missed just two league games for the U's, and even went in goal one game, at Shrewsbury, where he kept a clean sheet!


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