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12th July 2006 21:31

White op as Stags check out trial keepers
CHAD website, 11 July 2006

WITH Jason White recovering from an operation, Mansfield Town are likely to use one of two on-trial goalkeepers in a behind-closed-doors friendly at Rotherham United tomorrow(Wednesday).
Stags have a Polish keeper and one from South Africa in to look at.
And former Stags keeper Andy Beasley has agreed to help run the rule over them for manager Peter Shirtliff.
Jason White has had a knee operation after suffering discomfort in pre-season training.
But Shirtliff said it was unlikely to prevent him being involved in some of the pre-season matches.
"Jason was suffering some discomfort and we had it checked out," he said.
"It just needed a bit of a trim in there and should only keep him out for a couple of weeks.
"If everything goes according to plan Jason should still be involved in some of the pre-season friendlies."
In the meantime, Shirtliff will be having a look at a couple of on-trial keepers offered to him by agents.
And Andy Beasley, who has worked as Nottingham Forest goalkeeping coach in recent seasons, will be coming in to help assess them, though Shirtliff could not confirm if Beasley would be further involved when the season starts.
He said: "Andy has left Forest and has agreed to come in and work with these lads and then give me a report on their potential.
"That's as far as it goes at the moment. We then have the game at Rotherham to maybe try one out in a match situation.
"They were offered to us by agents and I checked out their backgrounds before agreeing.
"You never know. Something may come of it and it doesn't hurt to look."
Although delighted to bring in winger Matt Hamshaw, Shirtliff has been frustrated in his pursuit of two other targets and is having to set his sights elsewhere.
"One of them has signed for another club and the other is very unlikely to come due to the money involved. There is an outside chance but I will probably have to look elsewhere.
"I am still hopeful we can make a couple of additions before the season starts."
After the Rotherham outing today, the real pre-season action begins in earnest next Wednesday with the visit of Derby County to Field Mill (7.45pm).
Central defender Rhys Day, released from Stags at the end of last season, has joined Conference side Aldershot.
Evening Post, 11 July 2006

Peter Shirtliff is giving trials to two overseas goalkeepers at Mansfield after Jason White had an operation on his troublesome knee.

White experienced some pain in the knee during pre-season training and the club opted for minor surgery.

Stags boss Shirtliff is expecting White to be fit for the start of the new season - which kicks off at Shrewsbury on August 5.

But he is taking no chances and will be using the pre-season games to take a look at two keepers, one from Poland, the other from South Africa.

"Jason's operation will basically clear out his knee, " said Shirtliff.

"It is not a problem from last season, but something that has become apparent since he reported back

"He has been working with former Forest coach (and ex-Stag) Andy Beasley but it was obvious it was not quite right and it's better that it gets fixed.

"The two trialists have been offered to me by an agent. I don't know what they will be like, but you never know..

"Hopefully, Jason will be back before the start of the season anyway. There should be no problems."

Meanwhile, Shirtliff has been knocked back by one of his transfer targets who has chosen to join another club.

But he is still determined to add to his squad before the start of the new campaign.

Shirtliff said: "Of the two I've had in the frame, one has turned us down. The other we have an outside chance of signing, but I'm not that hopeful. Money is an issue.

"But there are others elsewhere who we are also pursuing. I still think there will be one or two new additions."

The Stags have organised a behind-closed-doors friendly at Rotherham United for tomorrow .
Evening Post, 10 July 2006

A Decision on the future of trialist Paul Collins will be taken after Mansfield Town's pre-season friendlies, boss Peter Shirtliff revealed today.

The 20-year-old left back joined the club for training last Monday with a view to a permanent move.

Collins was released by Manchester City at the end of the season but caught the eye of Shirtliff while he was watching Jonathan D'Laryea, who is now on the books at Field Mill.

The Droylsden-born player hopes to earn a deal at Mansfield - but he has to convince Shirtliff he can cope with the rigours of League Two football first.

"He's done all right in the pre-season he's been involved in so far, settled in well and quietly gone about his business," said Shirtliff.

"But he's not been here anywhere near long enough for me to make a decision yet and I want to see what he is like in games.

"I'll take a look at him in the friendlies that we have arranged and then decide if we want him after that."

Meanwhile, Aldershot Town have completed the signing of former Stags defender Rhys Day.

The 23-year-old Welsh centre-back was one of eight players released by boss Peter Shirtliff in early May.

He joined Mansfield in 2003 after an initial loan spell and made over 100 league appearances for the Stags.
BBC Nottingham online, Updated 07.07.06
The Mansfield Town manager Peter Shirtliff says it wouldn't have been fair to allow striker Chris Beardsley to leave Field Mill, following a season wrecked by injury. The 22-year-old has signed a new one-year deal, after missing most of last season with a broken leg. Shirtliff believes it was only right to offer Beardsley another 12 months at the club.

BBC Nottingham online, Updated 06.07.06
The Mansfield Town striker Chris Beardsley admits he has a hugely important twelve months ahead of him. The 22-year-old this week put pen to paper on a new one year contract at Field Mill, after missing most of last season with a broken leg. Beardsley says it's now time for him to fulfil his potential.

Shirtliff's search for players
mansfieldtown.net, 10 July 2006

Stags boss Peter Shirtliff's search for a goal keeper has taken on an International twist with the arrival of two hopefuls arriving at Field Mill on trial. The experienced keepers hail from Poland and South Africa and are hoping to impress Shirtliff enough to be offered a deal.

Shirtliff not wishing to get 'stung' is playing his cards close to his chest simply saying: "I would rather not reveal their names just yet as I don't want to alert other clubs to their availability, one of them has had a trial at another club already though. i was approached by an agent who said he had a couple of players worth looking at so i looked into thie background and decided to bring them in on trial - we will just to have to wait and see what happens"

Meanwhile Stags' Jason White has had minor surgery on his knee in what has been described as a 'routine clearout' and should be available for the first Pre-Season game with Derby County at Field Mill on the 19 July (KO 7.45pm).

Stags get their Pre-Season games underway this Wednesday with a behind closed doors game against Rotherham United where all the trialists are expected to get some playing time.


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