RICHARD BARKER LOOKING FOR EXTENDED CONTRACT
RUNDLE IN APPEAL TO LET HIM STAY
Evening Post, 25 Mar 06
Mansfield winger Adam Rundle today revealed he is desperate to remain at Field Mill next season.
The left-sided player feels the Stags' talented youngsters are just starting to blossom after struggling in the early stages of 2005-2006.
And he believes that if the nucleus of the side stays together over the summer, the team could be on the verge of something special.
"It's up to the manager who should stay and who should go. I think he's seen enough of all the players to decide," said Rundle.
"My view is that the squad we have at the moment is good enough to do really well next year.
"I would love to stay and be part of that, but I know it is not entirely in my hands."
Rundle, 21, is one of a host of Mansfield players out of contract in the summer. The list also includes first team regulars Giles Coke, Simon Brown, Jake Buxton, Gules Uhlenbeek, Gareth Jelleyman and Kevin Pressman.
But Rundle believes he and his teammates are not playing for their futures between now and May.
He said: "I don't think it will be a case of proving yourself to the manager over the final games, because he will already have his views.
"But I still think the players will be out to impress and do their best, because we still have tomake sure of safety and there is next year to think of as well."
BBC Nottingham online
Updated 08.41am, 24.03.06
The Mansfield Town striker Richie Barker says he's hoping to be offered a new contract at Field Mill in the summer, despite still having a year to run on his current deal. The Stags captain has been one of the main reasons behind the team's resurgence this season. He's scored 22 goals including seven in his last seven matches. And, despite being linked recently with higher league clubs, Barker says he has no desire to leave.
-----------Striker Richard Barker hopes to be offered a new deal at Mansfield this summer - despite still having a year to run on his current deal.
The Stags captain has scored 22 goals this season, including seven in his last seven matches.
"I understand that the chairman and the manager have got to talk to those who are out of contract in the summer first," he told BBC Radio Nottingham.
"Then hopefully they'll talk about extending other people's contracts."
Barker has repeatedly been linked with a move to a higher club, but he insists he has no desire to leave Field Mill.
"Once you get into your last year, people start talking about Bosmans, and nobody likes being a couple of months away from being out of contract," he explained.
"So it'd be nice if they came to me and asked if I wanted to stay a bit longer."
Updated 17.41pm, 23.03.06
Mansfield Town midfielder Fraser McLachlan has joined Conference side Morecambe on loan until the end of the season. McLachlan's been largely out of favour at Field Mill since Peter Shirtliff took charge last September. He's started just three games since Carlton Palmer left the club, and recently he's struggled even to be named among the substitutes. Shirtliff says the former Stockport man will benefit from playing first team football again. Shirtliff has also rejected rumours suggesting that club captain, and top scorer Richie Barker, could be on his way out of the club. Barker's been linked with moves to Swansea, Derby and most recently Grimsby, but the Stags boss insists he's received no offers for the 30-year-old, who still has another year to run on his contract.
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