SUPER ADAM RUNDLE SIGNS, BUT GREENACRE HOPES FADE
Rundle has signed for Stags
CHAD website, 21Apr2005
CARLTON Palmer has confirmed that exciting young winger Adam Rundle has put pen to paper for Mansfield Town, who head to promotion-chasing Macclesfield Town this Saturday (3pm).
Despite rumours sweeping the town that he hadn't signed and was heading elsewhere, Palmer said the deal was done yesterday (Wednesday) and added: "Adam was always going to sign for Mansfield and for me - it was never an argument.
"Obviously he's come in and done well and that has attracted attention from elsewhere. And you can't blame the boy for wanting to do the best he can for himself financially."
Rundle has signed a one-year deal with a one-year option for the club.
"Adam is a very important part of what we are doing here. he is raw and that rawness gives you a bit of the unexpected which is exciting," added Palmer.
"He is strong, willing to learn and hungry and there has been no better left-sided player in our division over the last two months.
"He can only get fitter and better and, if he avoids injury, could definitely play a division or two higher."
But it seems unlikely former Stags goal ace Chris Greenacre will be returning to Field Mill.
Palmer has spoken with Greenacre's agent about the possibility of a return but has been told there are several clubs in higher divisions offering more money ahead of Mansfield.
The Stags boss said his aim was to bring in three new strikers this summer.
"I want at least one with a proven scoring record at this level," he said. "Then I want a couple of younger prospects who might get us 10-12 goals apiece.
"If you have four strikers scoring 60 between them then you are nearly there."
Palmer added that the FA are still unable to confirm that the Premiership's transfer window will be extended to the Football League next season.
This is the second year it has been mooted and clubs are panicking and trying to build larger squads.
But the FA have told Palmer it still may not happen and, even if it does, the loan system may stay in place or clubs may be able to use a couple of 'Joker' cards a season.
Midfielder Tom Curtis has recovered from his knee operation and could be on the bench at Macclesfield on Saturday.
Palmer is hoping to organise a game for him early next week.
But defender Jake Buxton is now to be rested for the rest of the season.
"Jake went to see a specialist about the inbalance in his hips and, now having identified the problem, they want him to give up golf to ease the strains, fit padding in his shoes and begin a programme of rehabilitation work," said Palmer.
Fellow defender Dave Artell has again broken down in training for the second time in three weeks and Palmer said: "We have told him to slow down a bit and get it right.
"He is so keen to get back and that's when you get the problems. I learned that as a younger player myself."
Palmer is looking forward to taking on a Macclesfield side still in the hunt for an automatic promotionplace and said: "We are lucky that all our last five games are against sides with something still to play for which gives us a better game."
Palmer confirmed the Stags' pre-season schedule which sees four mouthwatering games at Field Mill in July.
Stags will open with a trip to the World's oldest club, Sheffield FC, on Wednesday, 13th July.
Derby County visit on Saturday, 16th, Huddersfield Town on Friday, 22nd, Sheffield Wednesday on Wednesday, 27th and Rotherham United on Saturday, 30th
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