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STAGS PLAYERS ARE SET DEADLINE
23rd May 2007 12:56


STAGS PLAYERS ARE SET DEADLINE
Evening Post, 23 May 2007

Mansfield have set an end-of-May deadline for squad members to accept their contract offers.

Every player still wanted at Field Mill received formal notification of their proposed new deal last week.

So far, the club have had no replies, but assistant boss Paul Holland insists they cannot wait for ever.

"It comes to a point where each player has to make a decision," said Holland.

"There is something on the table for most of them here, even though we have finished 16th or 17th in the table in the last couple of seasons.

"It may be that some of them are holding out for something that is not there."

Many fans were surprised so many players were offered new deals. Only four players were released while Jon-Olav Hjelde has retired.

But Holland insists the limited changes made will have a positive impact on the Mansfield squad.

He said: "The four or five we bring in are going to massively improve the squad.

"They will not be fringe players, they will be in the starting line-up.

"It means the players who have been here for the last season or so are going to find they have some serious competition."

Former striker Martin Gritton - on loan at the Stags between January and the end of the season - has been released by Lincoln.

 

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