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1st May 2007 14:20

Evening Post, 01 May 2007

Signing new strikers will be the priority for Mansfield this summer, says assistant manager Paul Holland.

The Stags have already announced they will release front men Barry Conlon and Martin Gritton, while Danny Reet's future is also unclear.

And with the club now having finally secured its League Two status with last Saturday's 2-1 win at Barnet, Holland and boss Dearden will set about bringing in targets they have already identified.

"We have sat down and mentioned a few players who we would like to bring in and now it is a case of having a bit of luck," said Holland.

"With the contacts Billy has, we are by no means panicking and we are looking to get two or three new strikers here for the start of next season.

"Danny Reet has still got another year on his contract here but he has gone out on loan to Rochdale to get games and to lose some weight.

"He will be coming back in the summer and a decision will be made about him then, but it is really up to him.

"A fit Danny Reet has shown he will score goals but if he lets himself go then he is no good to us."

Holland expects the future of the majority of out-of-contract players to be decided this week.

And he also revealed the Stags want any new players in by the time pre-season training starts on July 5.

He said: "People think that clubs shut down for two weeks at the end of the season but it is one of the busiest times of the year.

"We will be finalising our offers and putting them to the players. Having finished so low down the league for the second year running, everyone has to do better.

"Players can't warrant asking for a pay rise when finishing 16th or 17th - it's not where we want to be.

"We also want our squad in place by the time we come back after the summer break, including any new players. We don't want to come back six players short."


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