STAGS SIGN MARTIN McINTOSH
HOLLAND: MAC WILL BRING THE TEAM ON
Evening Post, 19 June 2007
Martin McIntosh will help bring out the best in Mansfield's young players, assistant manager Paul Holland today insisted.
The central defender has almost 500 games to his credit in a successful career that has taken in eight previous clubs over 19 years.
And Holland reckons the former Tottenham junior's experience will be invaluable in developing the emerging talent at Field Mill.
"Martin has been there and done it and is a leader, which is really going to help us in the coming season," he said.
"He is going to help with our organisation as a team and he will be someone who the younger players can look up to.
"With a lot of young players at the club, he is going to have an important role to play and I'm sure it's one he'll do very well."
McIntosh, 36, has effectively been signed as a replacement for Jon-Olav Hjelde, who returned to his native Norway at the end of last season.
But boss Billy Dearden could still bring in former Peterborough defender Ben Futcher, who is considering an offer from the Stags while away on holiday.
Much depends on the future of the out-of-contract Alex John-Baptiste who has still yet to decide his future after a move to Crewe fell through last week.
But Holland is adamant the 21-year-old must make up his mind soon as Mansfield look to finalise their squad.
He said: "We are going to need an answer from Bap over the next few days, because we need to know whether to pursue other targets.
"Futcher could still come to Mansfield, but we will have a better idea of where we stand over the next week or so."
McIntosh is Mansfield's third signing following the arrival of striker John McAliskey and left-sided player Dan Martin.
But that may not be the end of the transfer activity, according to Holland.
VETERAN DEFENDER SIGNS FOR MANSFIELD
Evening Post, 16 June 2007
Veteran central defender Martin McIntosh has agreed to sign for Mansfield.
The 36-year-old Scot has turned down offers from two other clubs to come to Field Mill after being released by Huddersfield at the end of last season.
The 6ft 2in McIntosh spent the early part of his career playing north of the border with St Mirren, Clydebank and Hamilton Academical.
He then had spells at Stockport, Hibernian and Rotherham before moving to the Galpharm Stadium.
During his career, former Scotland B international McIntosh has clocked up 491 starts and scored 50 goals.
"It is a big signing for us and he is someone we have been after since just after the end of last season," said Stags assistant boss Paul Holland.
"He is your typical Scottish hard man who is an excellent defender and a great organiser.
"There were other clubs interested and I think one of them, Hereford, offered slightly more money than we did.
"But he lives close to us in Sheffield and we have sold the club to him and the potential we have here and he likes what he has heard.
"Some clubs have been signing players left, right and centre, but we have been prepared to be patient and get the players we really want."
McIntosh has signed a one-year deal with the option of a second if he plays a certain number of games.
He becomes Mansfield's third capture of the summer after John McAliskey and Dan Martin joined last week.
STAGS MAKE THIRD SIGNING
mansfieldtown.net, 15 June 2007
Mansfield Town have added ex Huddersfield defender Martin McIntosh to their ranks, after the vetern defender signed on the dotted line on Friday afternoon.
McIntosh, 36, brings to Field Mill a wealth of experience, having played well over 400 league matches in both England and Scotland.
The Scotsman also had a brief stint on loan at Grimsby Town last season and was recently released by Huddersfield Town.
In a long career, McIntosh has played for eight clubs including Hibernian, Stockport, and more famously, Rotherham United. He started his career at Tottenham Hotspur as a scholar, and now becomes the third new signing at Mansfield Town.
Assistant manager Paul Holland was present as the 6"3 centre half penned a contract at Field Mill, as manager Billy Dearden, is currently away on holiday.
HIS STORY SO FAR... MARTIN McINTOSH
Martin McIntosh has a string of top clubs to his bow. He's spent time at Tottenham Hotspur and Hibernian but is best known for his four year spell at Rotherham United.
He was made club captain at Millmoor but when The Millers were relegated from League One in 2005, McIntosh signed for Huddersfield Town. The Scotsman quickly established himself as a rock in defence before a major injury brought a brief halt to his career.
In January, Huddersfield manager Peter Jackson informed McIntosh that his contract would not be renewed and in March, Jackson announced that McIntosh and team mate Mark Husdon would never be selected for the club again. After being released by The Terriers in May, McIntosh signed a contract at Field Mill on June 16.
He has signed a one-year contract at, with the option of a further 12 months, depending on appearances. Hereford United were among the other clubs linked with the 36-year-old.
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