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19th July 2006 14:11

Evening Post, 18 July 2006

Mansfield have signed experienced goalkeeper Carl Muggleton on a one-year contract.

The 37-year-old Leicester-born shot stopper has made almost 600 appearances for 14 clubs in his 20-year career. It included nine games on loan at Stags in the 1999-2000 season under Bill Dearden.

Manager Peter Shirtliff said he was pleased to have a second keeper to challenge Jason White, 23, who was due to resume training this week after a knee operation.

"Carl will give us good experience and will push Jason hard for a first team place," he said. "Carl is in good shape and he has done terrifically in training. He's another experienced player. He has a great attitude and a good work ethic."

Last season White was made to sit on the sidelines for long periods when another veteran goalkeeper, Kevin Pressman, was picked.

Despite Muggleton's arrival from Chesterfield, Shirtliff expects the youngster to stake a strong claim for the first team this time.

He said: "Jason learned a lot from Kevin Pressman but now he has to prove himself a competent keeper."
Muggleton back at the Mill
CHAD website, 17 July 2006

MANSFIELD Town have given veteran keeper Carl Muggleton a one-year contract to provide help and competition for Jason White.
It is a return to Field Mill for the 37-year-old who was on loan with Stags for two months back in 1999 and made nine appearances.
Muggleton has played over 500 matches and was released by neighbours Chesterfield on a free transfer at the end of the season.
"This is a good signing for us," said manager Peter Shirtliff.
"Carl will give us good experience and push Jason for a first team spot.
"He is looking in very good shape and has done well in training.
"He is another experienced player for our dressing room which is good. Carl has a great attitude to work and I hope it will rub off on Jason.
"I think Jason learned a lot from Kevin Pressman last year and we hope this is his year. Now he needs to kick on."
White has just had a minor knee operation but is expected to resume training this week with one eye on some involvement in Saturday's clash with Nottingham Forest.
Shirtliff had two other keepers on trial last week, one from Poland and another from South Africa. They were assessed with the help of former Stags keeper Andy Beasley and Shirtliff said: "To be fair, the Polish lad surprised me and was much better than I thought he would be.
"If I had been at a club where they could afford three keepers I would probably have taken him and worked with him for six months. He had real potential and looked a decent prospect."
Beasley, released by Forest as goalkeeping coach at the end of the season, continues to work with the keepers at Field Mill on a part-time basis and Shirtliff said: "Andy has done well with the keepers . His enthusiasm is excellent and we are enjoying having him around the place."


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