STAGS SIGN TALBOT
Talbot joins new faces at the Mill
CHAD website, 22 June 2005
JASON Talbot joined Gus Ulhenbeek, Adam Birchill and Peter Shirtliff as the new boys on parade at Field Mill this afternoon.
But Tom Curtis and Adam Eaton have followed keeper Kevin Pilkington out of the Field Mill door.
Pilkington turned down a new deal to sign for neighbours Notts County while Curtis, wanting a guarantee of first team football, has been given a settlement figure on his Stags contract to help him find another club.
And Eaton, who now needs yet another operation and has only been able to play eight games in two years, is also to be given a pay-off to leave the club.
Both Curtis and Eaton had another year left on their contracts.
Left back Talbot is back at the Mill after being released from Premiership Bolton Wanderers after an ill-fated loan spell with Stags last season which ended prematurely after only two games when he developed a toe abscess which sidelined him for almost three months.
Shirtliff, who has enjoyed promotion as first team coach at Barnsley and Leicester City, under Danny Wilson and Micky Adams respectively, took over as first team coach today.
Playes came in for fitness tests ahead of pre-season training next week and manager Carlton Palmer said: "I am delighted with them - they have come back in terrific shape. It gives us a flying start for next week."
The club are hoping to quickly bring in more new faces as the Palmer revolution gathers apace.
If all goes well, a goalkeeper, two defenders, a midfielder and two more strikers are all likely to join Stags in the next fortnight.
Mansfield Town have added three players to their squad on free transfers.
Stags boss Carlton Palmer has brought in Adam Birchall, Jason Talbot and Gus Uhlenbeek as he looks to rebuild his Field Mill squad.
Birchall has signed a two-year contract with the League Two side after the striker was released by Arsenal at the end of the season.
The 20-year-old undertook a loan spell at Wycombe Wanderers last term, where he played alongside veteran defender Uhlenbeek.
Uhlenbeek rejected a new deal with Wycombe and has signed a 12-month contract at Mansfield, with Talbot handed the same terms.
Talbot spent a month on loan with The Stags last season and was offloaded by Bolton Wanderers, with Palmer happy with his new signings.
"I want to get a balance between youth and experience and that is why my first signings were Gus Uhlenbeek and Adam Birchall," Palmer told the club's official website.
"I am delighted to have both these players with Gus refusing a contract offer from Wycombe and Adam turning down a deal at Arsenal to come here.
"Jason did brilliant for us during his loan spell. He is more than capable of playing at a higher level than this."
Meanwhile, Palmer has created room in his squad for the new arrivals by allowing Tom Curtis and Adam Eaton to leave the club.
Curtis had 12 months remaining on his deal at Field Mill but is believed to have another club lined up, with Palmer expecting to sign four more players next Monday.
Jason Talbot, another of today's signings is delighted to be back at Field Mill. The former Bolton Wanderers defender spent a short time at Field Mill last season before suffering an abscess on his toe which found him hospitalised and out of action for three months.
"I was playing at Bolton in the reserves not really getting a chance at first team football and a week ago or so I got a phone call saying that Mansfield wanted to talk to me so we decided that bit was the right move and it came at the right time." Jason said.
Talbot who penned a one year deal with a year option added:
"I really enjoyed my time at Mansfield last time when I was loan. It was unfortunate that I only played two games before I got injured but they were two tough, competitive games and I gave it my best. The manager said afterwards that I did really well so when the call came I didn't hesitate in coming back to sign for the club"
having met his new team mates for the first time this morning Talbot feels that the club is heading for good things this year.
"I feel that the club are heading for promotion this year and if not that a good league finish, I feel is on the cards and I want to be a part of it. This is a good friendly club with a lot of good youngsters and some seasoned pros around the place and I feel that this could be Mansfield's year."
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