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20th April 2005 0:04

Greenacre is on Stags' shopping list
FORMER Stags hero Chris Greenacre IS on Carlton Palmer's summer shopping list.
Mansfield Town fans have wanted to see the former Manchester City striker back in the Blue and Amber since he shot the Stags to promotion with 28 goals in season 2001/02.
And the moment Stoke City announced he would be leaving this summer, the inevitable rumour-machine was in full action around Mansfield.
"Obviously Chris Greenacre is on the list of available strikers and he has scored goals at this level," said Palmer.
"So he is one will will be looking at this summer for sure. I have one or two strikers I am interested in and Chris is one of them. We will leave it at that for now."
Palmer has already made one crucial signing this week with Adam Rundle set to finally put pen to paper for Stags as Chad went to press yesterday.
The teenage winger has finally agreed to stay at Field Mill after Stags fought off competition to land his signature.
"We have shook hands, a deal is done and he will sign after training," said manager Carlton Palmer yesterday.
"I am delighted the lad has shown us loyalty. He has been offered a lot more money by at least four other clubs but has told his agent he doesn't want to speak to them.
"To be fair the chairman has had to push the boat out a bit more than we thought. But he asked me if I wanted to sign Adam, I said yes, and he agreed to fund it."
Rundle had drifted out of English football and played in Dublin with Palmer who has now rescued his English career, Rundle turning in some excellent performances in his three months at Field Mill on non-contract terms, scoring two spectacular goals in as many games recently.
Rundle will sign a one-year deal with another year option for the club.
More good news for Palmer was the return of midfielder Tom Curtis to training this week after recovering from a knee operation and defender Adam Eaton on the mend after his latest hip operation.
"Tom is back with us and, if he is not quite ready for this Saturday he will certainly be ready for the week after," said Palmer. "But we won't rush him.
"Adam is doing well. He is now pain-free and down at Lilleshall for two weeks. When he gets back we will step up his fitness work and hopefully a month later he will be ready."
But fellow defender Dave Artells' nightmare season looks to be over. After recovering from an ankle operation and subsequent deep vein thrombosis, Artell turned the ankle in training two weeks ago and it is still very painful.
"I can't see Dave playing again this season now," admitted Palmer.


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