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3rd May 2007 21:58

Retained list to be anounced early next week
CHAD WEBSITE, 03 May 2007

BILLY Dearden is hoping to complete his retained list by early next week following Saturday's final game of the season at Bury.
The Mansfield Town boss has already told Asa Charlton, Barry Conlon and Martin Gritton there will be no new contracts for them next season.

And he has begun the task of offering new deals to those he wants to keep.

"It's not a very pleasant time of year, particularly when you tell young players you are not keeping them on.

"It's not so bad with the older players as they have had a go. But it's hard with young players.

"All you can do is tell them that's it's only one opinion and tell them you hope they go out and prove you wrong.

"It's not easy but it's all part and parcel of the game.

"I do have one or two irons in the fire for new players. But you can't bring anyone in until your current players let you know if they are staying or going."
Evening Post, 03 May 2007

Martin Gritton today revealed his disappointment at not earning a contract at Mansfield for next season.

The Scot has already been told by boss Billy Dearden he will not be offered terms when his loan from Lincoln runs out after Saturday's final match of the season at Bury.

Gritton, 28, joined the Stags in January and was nominated for League Two player of the month award after scoring five goals in his first five matches.

But he has netted just once more since then and has dropped out of the side in recent weeks.

"It would have been great to get something here but I can't complain because it's the manager's decision and this is what happens in football," said Gritton.

"I was pleased with my form when I first came as it was the first run of matches I had been given for some time.

"But I started to feel it a bit and that's when the goals dried up. The thing was, I didn't get the chance to play through the bad spell and get back on track.

"Even though we have had injuries there have still been a glut of good strikers available and I found myself dropped."

Gritton was plucked from Lincoln reserves by Dearden when Mansfield were in real trouble at the bottom of the table.

And even though things have not ultimately worked out, he is proud of helping to keep Mansfield in the Football League.

Gritton said: "The alternative would have been to sit and rot at Lincoln but instead I came here and have enjoyed it.

"I scored a few goals when we were struggling and I'm pleased I could contribute to staving off relegation.

"I have made some good friends here and I hope the club does well because they have a lot of good, young players."


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