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31st May 2007 15:38

Evening Post, 31 May 2007

Billy Dearden has challenged his Stags young guns to prove their worth after Nathan Arnold, Danny Sleath and Ashley Kitchen agreed new one-year deals at Field Mill.

The Mansfield manager believes the trio could play big roles next season and has told them it's time to make the step up from being fringe players.

Dearden said: "Hopefully we will see more of them next season.

"They've got a lot of potential and I expect it to come out. I've got a lot of faith in them.

"They've got to show from the start of pre-season training that they are up to it.

"They've got to push their way into the first team and if they do there is no reason why they can't stay in the team."

Arnold, 19, made 24 appearances last season, scoring three times.

Sleath, 20, played seven times and Kitchen, 18, played three.

In a busy summer for Dearden, he said the securing of those three players is an important part of his team building for next season.

"They are young lads and I'm very pleased for them and for the club," he said. "They are only boys and we need one or two experienced ones around them as well."

Youngsters accept new deals at Field Mill
CHAD website, 30 May 2007

UP and coming Stags youngsters Nathan Arnold, Danny Sleath and Ashley Kitchen have all accepted new one-year contracts at Field Mill.
More are expected to accept in the next two weeks as they arrive back from holidays while manager Billy Dearden is planing to meet two or three proposed new signings face to face later this week.

"The three young lads have agreed to sign which I expected and we have had verbal agreements from other players. But a lot are away right now.

"I have spoken to three or four players about joining us - but so has everyone else. It would be nice to tie one or two down but other clubs want to speak to them too.

"I am planning to meet up and speak to one or two of them face to face as I would rather do that than talk to them on the phone.

"But I won't take anything for granted or make any announcements until they have signed.

"Look what happened with Neil MacKenzie last week. Chesterfield more or less had him signed but then Notts County spoke to him and he went there instead."


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