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20th July 2004 13:42


Curle happy with squad

Stags Boss Keith Curle was pleased at the way the friendly at Field Mill panned out.

"This was a great opportunity for the players to get back into match fitness playing a good side form a higher division. It also offered us the opportunity to introduce all the players to the fans, right from the youngest Under 16 Goal keeper, Michael Langford who came on for a while and showed his quality by saving a fantastic shot from Chris Greenacre then palming another out to safety, through the 1st and 2nd year scholars and up to the triallists and our first team including new signings. All in all it was a successful exercise at demonstrating the way the club is heading we have a good mixture of Experience, youth and raw talent and it was all on show at some point on Saturday against Stoke.

"The lads gave a good account of themselves and I was pleased at the way the squad was looking. My aims were to make a good higher division club work for the ball and negate their advances when they were in possession and I believe that this was achieved."

Michael Langford the under 16 Goalkeeper had only walked into the club at the beginning of the week but shown the importance of the clubs centre of excellence set up that produced the likes of Liam Lawrence, Bobby Hassell, Lee Williamson and Craig Disley to name a few.

The Leeds United game at Field Mill on Wednesday 21st July will see fewer changes and will be a more exciting game of football so why not come along and have a look at the new signings for yourself. Adults £10.00 Concession: £5.00

New signings speaks out

New signing Derek Asamoah spoke to the official website about his hopes for Mansfield Town and how it can further his career:

"I was ready to leave Northampton after been there for three years. I had to fight for a regular first team place but the manager was happy to bring me on as a substitute when the opposition defences were getting tired. Northampton kept making me increased offers for me to stay but after three years I felt I needed a new challenge and start fresh somewhere else.

"I had obviously seen Mansfield a couple of time before having played against them and I was excited by the style they like to play which similar to the way I like to play my game and I thought that this would be a good club to get my career started again. I believe that Keith Curle will work me hard to get that extra yard out of me.

"it is a nice friendly club where everybody gets on well together and there doesn't seem to be the usual clicks and gangs, I believe this is a good thing for a football club, for everybody to get along and move in the same direction.

"Been involved in the playoff semi final against Mansfield I felt that Northampton were unlucky to lose on penalties and my good friend Eric Sabin was very upset but that's football I guess. I had to watch the play off final and was excited by the standard of football that I saw from Mansfield, it was a great game and the players did their club and fans proud and like Northampton were unlucky to lose on Penalties.

" I will be looking forward to helping the club go even further this time and will be looking to score more goals. And if I can get a regular start I see no reason why I shouldn't be scoring I can find the net and have lots of self confidence in my ability hopefully something that the fans will soon share with me. I am looking forward to a good season and working with Keith Curle and John Gannnon and hopefully this will be my stepping stone to further my career as I obviously would like to play the game at the highest level I can.

"I am happiest when I am winning and scoring goals and I like to be happy so here's to a good season."

Everybody at Field Mill would like to welcome Derek to Mansfield Town FC and share his Beliefs


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