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18th July 2005 22:47

mansfieldtown.net reports that Kevin Pressman has been offered a contract.

Stags convinced that they had found a replacement goalkeeper for the departed Kevin Pilkington were quietly jubilant when former Carlisle shot stopper Matt Glennon agreed to come on board at Field Mill but after recent developments with the keeper accepting a job at Celtic a philosophical Carlton Palmer was forced to look elsewhere.

"Everything happens for a reason and I was disappointed that Glennon changed his mind after agreeing terms and shaking on a deal but it isn't the first time it's happened and who knows maybe it's for the best" he told the official website.

However realising the need for a keeper Palmer had talks with Kevin Pressman who had been training with the Stags and offered him a deal that he is hoping will be accepted:

"We have had to go back to the drawing board regarding the goalkeeper situation. Kevin Pressman will be playing in goal on Friday against Huddersfield. I have offered him a contract so we will just have to wait and see where we go from here." Said Palmer.

When talking about 37 year old Pressman's ability to 'do a job' for Mansfield Town Palmer is in no doubt that he is more than capable:

"Kev is more than capable of a doing a job at this level, he is waiting on a couple of Championship clubs to come back to him but I think that the travelling distance between Sheffield where he lives and here suits him more than Coventry where he was thinking of going. And, the number one goalkeeper

slot suits him as well. He is 37 years old now and I think that he will want to play his last year or two in first team football rather than on the bench. Also he has done all his coaching badges so he can use that to help the younger keepers Jason White and Michael Langford to prepare for his future career in coaching.

"his ability to do a job at this level is without question and he has more money and bigger clubs after him but the distance to travel is greater so hopefully he will sign. But as I said he will be playing in goal on Friday."

Meanwhile the search for a centre back is still on but with the way the side is shaping up Palmer feels that there is no great rush "I won't sign a player for the sake of it. I conscious that at the back we only have three and Baptiste is suspended for three games but it is about quality not quantity
Palmer delighted at Squad's Discipline
Stags Player / Manager Carlton Palmer was delighted with the performance shown by his squad at the weekend against League Championship Derby County. The game that finished up with the Rams wining by the only goal scored in the game but Palmer feels that it was against the run of play and that his lads filled the Stags supporters with a lot of hope for the forthcoming season.

"I have had a chat with the players this morning and I am delighted at what they achieved on Saturday not least the fitness levels - we looked a very fit and strong side playing a compact shape. I was delighted at the way we gelled considering this was our first outing with so many new players.

"I told the players that I was impressed at the way we kept our shape and shown great discipline despite conceding a goal because in my opinion it was against the run of play and we created some good chances in the game. And I would like to think that the game has left the supporters feeling hopeful for what may come this season." He told the official website this morning.

Two players that didn't feature in the game were veteran International Des walker and youngster Kyle Jacobs.

Walker sat the game out as he felt himself that he wasn't quite ready for it yet and as he publicly stated when he first arrived at Field Mill he knows his own body and his capabilities. Jacobs on the other hand is recovering after a minor operation on his cartilage and is hopeful of getting a run out during one of the three remaining pre-season friendlies.

"Des has a slight ache in his back due largely to the heavy training schedule we have been doing. I told Des not to get too down hearted he has returned to heavy training after time away and is only in his third week I have been back three months now and I was a little achy at first so it will take a little more time to be where he wants to be." Palmer said

"Kyle has had an operation to tidy up his cartilage but hopefully he will be back in two or three weeks. He didn't need it operating on immediately but he would at some time in the near future and with seven games in August we decided it would be a good idea for him to get it sorted now before we lose him when he most needed. We sent him for a scan and the specialist found a slight tear and said that he may be able to go on for ages but at some point it would need looking at so the decision was made to get it fixed sooner rather than later" he added.
Mansfield Town FC Open Day 2005
The annual Mansfield Town FC Open Day is to be held on Sunday 24th July.

The open Day in years gone by have proved to be a great success and a good opportunity for the supporters to have a look around the inner sanctums of their club and this year is no different.

The day will kickoff at 10.00am and will be running to around 4.00pm with all the usual attractions and entertainment:

The Chad Roadshow will be coming along bringing their mobile stage and bouncy castle setup for the youngsters. There will be the usual assortment of fairground attractions and the ground tour taking you into the inner areas of Field Mill normally reserved for Staff and players.

Refreshment stalls will be on hand to take care of your eating and drinking needs, a paintball range and much more.

The day will also be the first date that you can purchase the new Mansfield Town Football Kits (available from the club shop and in the Sponsors Lounge (Cash ONLY)) and meet the players who will be on hand from 11.00am - 1.00pm (In the Sponsor Lounge) for a chat and sign autographs .

The paybar in the Executive Lounge will also be open on the day.

Also for those who have ordered their season tickets you will be able to collect it from the Field Mill on the day but PLEASE NOTE-NO season tickets will be sold on the day as the ticket office will be closed.

These days only come around once a year and make for a good family day out - enter it into your diary today so you do not miss out.

Points of interest:

Ground Tours
Meet and interact with the Stags players from 11.00am -1.00pm
Executive Lounge Paybar - open 10.00am - 4.00pm
Chad Roadshow
Bouncy Castle
Fairground attractions
Collect Season Tickets (no sales on the day)
New Kit on Sale - Cash only in the Executive Lounge please


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