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31st May 2005 0:06

Mansfield's Bacon Sliced
By Impsight
Date: 30/5/2005

Lincoln City have made their first signing of the close season, as former Mansfield Town striker Danny Bacon has agreed to join the club.

Bacon has agreed a one-year contract with The Imps, thereby dashing the hopes of Mansfield, who had been hopeful of recapturing their former player. In July 2003, Bacon opted to drop into the non-league circuit by signing for Hucknall Town, who now play in the Conference North Division.

At the time, it was widely reported that Hucknall - who were desperate to secure a place in the new Conference North Division - were paying Bacon more money than Mansfield had offered him. Similar, Mansfield offered him a deal earlier this month, which would have seen Bacon take a pay cut. Bacon initially favoured Mansfield's offer, as he is keen to return to professional football. However, he later rejected the transfer citing that Mansfield's offer was not good enough.

Bacon, speaking of his reasons for rejecting Mansfield, confirmed: "I am on more money at Hucknall and I have had other offers from elsewhere for more. What Mansfield are offering me is just not enough."

A product of Mansfield's youth system, Bacon made 18 starts for Mansfield plus a further 38 substitute appearances, scoring 5 goals. Injuries prevented him from gaining a prolonged run in Mansfield's first team, and Bacon feels that Mansfield's supporters failed to see the best of him.

Bacon scored 11 goals in the Conference North this season plus many others in the various competitions that Hucknall featured in. Hucknall's success in the FA Trophy final saw them reach this year's final, but they lost on penalties to Grays Athletic, who included ex-Imp Tony Battersby in their side.

After the final, Mansfield boss Carlton Palmer praised Bacon by saying: "I went to watch Danny on Sunday and was impressed. I didn't realise just how quick he is."

Bacon arrives at Sincil Bank on a free transfer as his contract at Hucknall had expired.
Meanwhile,Darlington boss Dave Hodgson has revealed that he has had talks with Colin Larkin but faces competiton for his signature from Northampton,Leyton Orient,Chester and Peterborough.


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