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16th July 2004 0:17

Stags' double delight
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THERE was double delight for Mansfield Town today as central defender Rhys Day agreed a new two-year deal while the chase for Northampton Town striker Derek Asamoah appeared to also have ended in success.
Asamoah will be at Field Mill tomorrow morning (Friday) for a medical and it is hoped all will go smoothly for him to sign a two-year deal with the Stags.
Manager Keith Curle said he would assess the fitness of both Day and Asamoah before pitching them into Saturday's home friendly with Stoke City (3pm).
Day had stalled on a new deal at Field Mill while Northampton's demand for £5,000 for Asamoah left it looking like both players would not be part of manager Keith Curle's plans.
But Day finally agreed a new two-year contract this morning after protracted talks yesterday that went on into the night.
And Northampton finally agreed to release Asamoah for a nominal fee plus a further performance related sum later on after some excellent negotiating by chairman Keith Haslam with his opposite number at Sixfields.
"I am delighted to have them both on board," said Curle, who is now looking at agreeing deals, short term and long term, with on-trial quartet Alex Neil, Chris Tate, Scott McNiven and Leebibi Moham.
All four are expected to play some part against Stoke as will the other current trialists down there who will get another chance to impress against a Stoke side expected to field former Field Mill favourite Chris Greenacre.
Curle has earmarked two more strikers, both from higher division clubs, who would come in on loan deals.
But both are away with their clubs right now and won't be back in time for the weekend.
Curle is also in talks with Alex John-Baptiste and Kevin Pilkington about extensions to their current deals.
Asamoah coming to the Mill
Northampton front man Derek Asamoah is expected to arrive at Field Mill tomorrow to sign a two year deal.

"Derek is expected in the building tomorrow to take a medical. If he passes that okay and we expect he will do he will be signing a deal that will see him become a Mansfield Town player for the next two years." Keith Curle told the official website today.

The talks with Derek and his agent reached a point where the player was happy with the terms and would happily put pen to paper but because he was still under contract at the cobblers further talks were needed at the higher level. In stepped the club Chairman Keith Haslam who then started talks with Northampton Chairman David Cardoza.

The deal was finally struck between the two chief execs for what has been described as a success related fee.

Stags Boss Keith Curle said "I am pleased to finally secure this deal as Derek is a player I have my eye on for a while but like all the other players will have to pass his medical. There is every chance that he could be figuring the game against Stoke City on Saturday"

More signings to follow...
Fresh on the heels that Derek Asamoah could be signing very shortly more arrivals are imminent. Keith Curle is now in talks with the representatives of Alex Neil, Chris Tait and Scott McNiven all of whom have suitably impressed the stags supremo in trials this last week or so.

"All three players have given a good account of themselves and I have seen something I like in each of these players. I have been in talks with their individual representatives in a bid to bring them to the club on a more permanent basis." Said Curle.

Also the Stags boss has been attempting to bring two strikers on loan. Playing his cards close to his chest Keith Curle said:

"&needless to say that both these forwards play in higher divisions and I am trying to bring one in on a short term loan and the other on a long term arrangement"

All this movement highlights what Curle had said earlier about not getting despondent about lack of incoming players, "When the time is right I will be bringing in quality players to make sure we are ready for the start of the season"


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