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6th July 2005 21:55

Beardsley nears Stags return
CHAD website, 6 June 2005
FORMER Stags striker Chris Beardsley looks set to return to the club.
Stags chairman Keith Haslam said they are on the verge of ironing out a deal with the Harriers, who were relegated to the Conference last season.
Beasdley (21) left Mansfield last summer for Doncaster Rovers before moving on to Kidderminster where he scored five goals in a struggling side from 15 starts and 10 appearances as substitute.
The 6ft striker has been a target of Stags player-manager Carlton Palmer since the end of last season but Palmer would not pay the fee former Stags boss Stuart Watkiss was asking.
However, today Keith Haslam said: "We have agreed a deal in principle and I am just waiting for their chairman to come back to me.
"If all goes well, I hope Chris will join us tomorrow."
Beardsley would provide cover for strike trio Richie Barker, Adam Birchall, and Matthew Tipton.
Negotiations also continue with Chester City over the Dave Artell transfer saga. Stags still retain the players' registration until a deal is agreed.
Evening Post, 06 July 2005

Former Stags striker Chris Beardsley was today poised to re-sign for Mansfield Town.

And the club are in competition with Championship side Reading for a young centre-back.

Stags boss Carlton Palmer said a nominal fee had been agreed with Kidderminster Harriers for Beardsley, who was set to undergo a medical this morning.

"That means it won't go to a tribunal now. We're delighted to get it sorted.

"We wanted to bring him back, but both clubs wanted to get the best deal.

"I'm delighted he's joining Mansfield. He was on our list all along and it seems that all parties are happy with the deal."

Beardsley is the third striker Palmer has signed this summer.

He will compete for a place up front with Matthew Tipton, Adam Birchall and one of Palmer's first signings, Richie Barker.

"We've got competition for all places now," said Palmer. "I've got young enthusiastic players and it's been a pleasure to come into work.

"The players are desperate to do well. I can only pick 11 and the players who get in the side will have to work hard to keep their place."

Palmer was also hoping to speak to a Premiership manager, who was returning from holiday, about a deal over a goalkeeper.

"I'm still waiting on a young centre-back. We've made him an offer and it might involve a fee.

"He's talking to other clubs, including Reading, and he might end up going there."

But defender Dave Artell has played his last game for Mansfield, the boss confirmed.

"The Dave Artell situation has still got to be sorted out. He won't play again for Mansfield Town," he said.

"The quicker we can get a deal sorted the better."
mansfieldtown.net reports that a deal has been reached with Kidderminster for Chris Beardsley and Carlton Palmer says that the goalkeeper and central defender are not too far away as well:
"The chairman has agreed on a deal with Kidderminster for Beardsley and I am still awaiting for the goalkeeper, a deal is almost there but I am still waiting for his manager to get back of holiday and I am just waiting on a centre back that I am hoping to be bringing in and if they sign that is pretty much our squad and we are ready to go."

mansfieldtown.net also reports that with the new look Stags being almost two weeks into their preseason Stags bosses Carlton Palmer and Peter Shirtliff are delighted at the way things are shaping up:
"We are now part way through our second week and it has gone very well. The players are gelling together well. It has been a lot of hard work but we are delighted at the way it is going. Every one of the players have reported back in great shape and obviously looked after themselves during the break. We are getting into some team shape today as well as doing fitness training and as I said the lads are looking in great shape" Palmer told the Official website this morning.

Doubts that veteran International Des Walker has still got what it takes could be unfounded as Palmer explains that he is still in good shape:

"Des Walker has done tremendously well like everybody else. And that is due largely to the fact that he has looked after himself. Another player that has done exceptionally well is Rhys Day who towards the end of last season I had a chat with about his fitness.

"We both agreed that when Rhys Day is fit he is a great footballer and with being out for a long time with his injury there was a problem with him but he went away in the summer and has worked unbelievably hard and has set himself to have a good season." He added. With three new players expected to arrive at Field Mill shortly the general feeling around the ground is one of optimism and excitement.

Meanwhile, the FA have announced that they are doing away with the ten yard rule for dissent and trying to encourage officials to issue more cards as a deterrent for 'spitting the dummy out'. Stags Boss Carlton Palmer has mixed feelings about this:
"The game is all about the referee's interpretation but at the game so at the end of the day I do believe that a player should have the right to question a referee's decision if they feel it is wrong. This can be done without swearing or ranting and raving at the referee. And, this is what is disappointing in the game today, it is an emotional game and if a player feels that he has been hard done by he should have the right to question the decision without fear of being given his marching orders.

"I don't agree with players abusing officials but it is their livelihoods and if they feel aggrieved they should be able to voice their opinion so it will be difficult but we have already seen this sort of situation when a player scores a goal. What should they do - be muted? But if they celebrate too much and take their shirt off they get booked. But rules are rules and we have to live and abide by them so Peter and I have been speaking to our players and told them to try and not get involved with the referees. Some decisions will go against them whilst others will go for them so let the officials get on with their game and try and avoid picking up silly bookings.

"We have already lost Alex (John-Baptiste) for three games because he voiced his opinions about a decision, he was right but there is nothing we can do about it. I believe that the first few games there will be a few cards brandished so players throughout the leagues will have to be very careful"

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