BEARDSLEY, NEIL, MCNIVEN: NEWS
Harriers demand fee for Beardsley
Kidderminster manager Stuart Watkiss will demand a transfer fee from Mansfield for Chris Beardsley.
The striker, 21, is set to leave following relegation from the Football League, but Harriers want £5,000.
Kidderminster would only get half of that figure with the rest going to Beardsley's former club Doncaster.
"The player, club and agent have admitted to me Mansfield have spoken to the player which I'm quite happy to tell a tribunal," Watkiss said.
Mansfield duo poised to sign
By Neil Turner, Daily Post, May 18 2005
FORMER Mansfield Town players Alex Neil and Scott McNiven could be Chester City's first close season signings of the summer, when manager Keith Curle returns from his summer holiday next week.
Both players who were signed by Curle when he was in charge of the Nottinghamshire club, were released earlier this week by the Stags new manager Carlton Palmer.
City chairman Stephen Vaughan said: "We are aware of the availability of Alex and Scott, and when Keith and myself sit down to discuss next season's squad, I am sure their names will be mentioned.
"Next season is going to be an exciting one for Chester City and we will be assembling a squad who can make a push for the play-offs."
McNiven, who is an attacking wingback and will be 27 next week, started his career with Oldham Athletic before moving on to Oxford United
Midfielder Neil began his career in Scotland with Dunfermline Athletic and Airdrie before moving down south, where he spent four seasons with Barnsley.
CITY TARGET TOWN DUO
KEITH CURLE will start to assemble a new-look Chester City squad when he returns from a family holiday tomorrow.
The Blues boss is believed to be targeting two ex-Mansfield Town players – Alex Neil and Scott McNiven – as his first new signings.
The two players were signed by Curle when he was in charge of the Field Mill club early last season.
Neil and McNiven were released earlier this week by Mansfield boss Carlton Palmer.
Chester chairman Stephen Vaughan confirmed the players would be mentioned to Curle when he returned from holiday.
Vaughan said: “Next season is going to be an exciting one for Chester City and we will be assembling a squad who can make a push for the play-offs.
“We are aware of the availability of Alex Neil and Scott McNiven, and when Keith and myself sit down to discuss next season's squad I am sure their names will be mentioned.”
Alex Neil is a midfielder and McNiven is an attacking wing back.
Bellshill-born Neil, 23, started his career at Dunfermline Athletic Juniors, before joining Airdrieonians and then spent four seasons at Barnsley.
And Leeds-born McNiven, who celebrates his 27th birthday next week, has played for Oldham Athletic and Oxford United.
Meanwhile Vaughan has rubbished reports suggesting three contracted Chester players have handed in transfer requests.
Vaughan said: “An internet site released a rumour that three of our players – Stewart Drummond, Ben Davies, and Phil Bolland – had handed in transfer requests.
“But the club have not received anything from any of the three players. Stewart and Ben are currently both away on holiday, and we contacted Phil who said he wasn't handing in a transfer request.
“I think someone is trying to spread a rumour in the light of our former manager Mark Wright being labelled a favourite to take over as the new boss of Peterborough United.”
Vaughan confirmed he was going to discuss the possibility of signing Doncaster Rovers striker Gregg Blundell when Curle returned from holiday tomorrow.
Vaughan added: “We are aware that Gregg Blundell is available because I have spoken directly to Doncaster chairman John Ryan.
“We are monitoring progress on that matter and I intend to speak to Keith Curle about Gregg Blundell when he returns from holiday.”
Meanwhile, Chester have released their list of pre-season friendlies which reads as follows:
Tuesday, July 12, home to Stoke City; Saturday, July 16, away to Burton Albion; Saturday, July 23, away to Droylsden; Tuesday, July 26, away to TNS Llansantffraid; Saturday, July 30, home to Blackpool.
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