LATEST TRANSFER NEWS
Transfer wheels are turning
CHAD 24 May 2006
DESPITE holidays for mangement and players, there is still some promising transfer activity going on down at Field Mill.
Stags are hopeful of three new signings soon with others to follow.
A proposed deal to bring a Premiership right back to the club is said to 'look very promising'.
Another target, an experienced right hand sided player who has played League One and Two more recently but higher in the past, has also gone away on holiday to think over an offer from the Stags.
And Mansfield are on the verge of a real coup as they seek to sign a highly promising 16-year-old who is being offered professional forms as soon as he turns 17 later this year.
The only other youngster to be given such a deal was Alex John-Baptiste.
He has a wealth of offers from clubs in higher divisions at home as well as clubs from abroad, but Stags believe they are close to persuading him that Field Mill is currently the place to break through into the first team for exciting young players.
One Sunday newspaper has linked Stags with Rotherham winger Andy Monkhouse (25), released after a season plagued by injury.
l Former Stags defender Aidy Boothroyd (35) will be the youngest Premiership manager next season after ending his remarkable season in charge of Watford by beating Leeds United 3-0 in the Championship Play-off final on Sunday.
Bradford-born Boothroyd joined Stags from Hearts in 1993 before moving on to Peterborough in 1996 where injury cut his career short two years later.
Also former Stags on-loan striker Guy Ipoua was among the scorers as Hereford United booked their place in League Two for next season after a 3-2 win in the Conference Play-off final over Halifax Town.
l Defender Jason Talbot, released last week by Mansfield Town, has joined Port Vale on a full-time basis after a successful loan spell there.
l The Stags Supporters Association are encouraging as many fans as possible to take advantage of the SSA £20 adult or £10 junior discount on Lower West and Quarry Lane season tickets.
That effectively offers a double discount if used before the club's Early Bird discount offer ends.
To claim this discount fans can join SSA at the ticket office or club shop at MTFC, or at Andrew Saunders Insurance Services on Ratcliffe Gate during office hours in Mansfield, or via their website at http://www.stagsnet.net.
Stags season ticket prices have been frozen for a third successive season and fans can take advantage of the Early Bird discount prices up to 9th June.
Early bird prices are: West Stand Upper adult £300, OAP/student £195, U16 £80. West Stand Lower adult £280, OAP/student £175, U16 £60. Quarry Lane End adult £280, OAP/student £175, U16 £60. Family (one adult/one U16) £305.
After 9th June these will rise to: West Stand Upper adult £320, OAP/student £210, U16 £80. West Stand Lower adult £300, OAP/student £185, U16 £60. Quarry Lane End adult £300, OAP/student £185, U16 £60. Family (one adult/one U16) £325.
SSA Amber Membership is £48 per year which, along with the season ticket discount, offers £2 off away travel, free family membership, free subscription to fanzine Follow the Yellow Brick Road, use of the SSA supporters' bar, a free monthly Amber prize draw, free entry to fans' forums, ticket priority for all-ticket matches, regular newsletters, representation of views at meeting with the club, invitations to social events, free prize competitions and exclusive SSA merchandise.
SSA Blue Membership at £8 per year also offers the season ticket discount, use of SSA away travel, free entry to the SSA supporters' bar, free entry to fans' forums, ticket priority for all-ticket matches, regular newsletters, representation of views at meeting with the club, invitations to social events, and exclusive SSA merchandise.
Junior Membership, at £3 per year, gives the £10 season ticket discount, heavily discounted use of SSA away travel, 10 per cent off match mascot fees, free entry to the SSA supporters' bar, free entry to fans' forums, ticket priority for all-ticket matches, regular newsletters including prize competitions, exclusive SSA merchandise, invitations to free events like a Stags training day and a Christmas party, and a birthday card plus programme entry.
More details from 07967 689597 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
BUXTON HOPES TO AVOID TOE OP
Evening Post, 24 May 2006
Stags defender Jake Buxton (pictured left) may not need an operation on his injured left big toe as he first feared.
The right-back was initially told by a specialist he might have to go under the surgeon's knife if a scan revealed any floating bone.
But the results have come back negative and Buxton is confident he can recover in time to join in pre-season training.
"The injury is really a bit of a mystery and they think now that it could be a problems with a tendon or ligament rather than bone," said Buxton.
"I've got another appointment with a specialist so I'm hoping then it will finally be established exactly what is wrong.
"It may be a question of receiving treatment or they may just ask me to rest it for a while longer, but either way I'm hoping to be ready for next season."
The injury - which he picked up in the 1-0 defeat at Barnet on Easter Monday - was first thought to be a cracked bone.
But, after being given the all-clear to start running following a period of rest, Buxton felt discomfort and had a scan to assess the injury again.
"I was told I could start running again (after the first diagnosis) but it felt like I had a pebble in my shoe and I knew something wasn't right.
"In hindsight I probably shouldn't have played at Bury.
"But at the time it was an important game and we needed to get a result to make sure we weren't involved in the battle to avoid relegation."
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