DAWSON WANTS TO STAY AT STAGS
Dawson wants to stay at Stags
Evening Post, 28 June 2007
Out-of-contract midfielder Stephen Dawson today issued a 'come and get me' plea to Mansfield's management.
It has been reported the Irishman has already signed for Bohemians in his homeland.
But Dawson, 21, insists he is keen to stay at Field Mill if the club show they are keen to keep him.
"I haven't signed anything yet for anyone and I don't want to leave Mansfield," he said.
"I think everyone knows I wasn't happy with the contract I was offered, but i am only looking for a slightly better deal, not a stupid contract.
"It's not me being big-headed. I know I was injured some of the time, but when I wasn't, I felt I played some good football.
"People might think it's all about the money, but it's more about feeling wanted by the club.
"I have had no contact from Mansfield and been trying to get hold of them, although I appreciate this is the time people are on their holidays.
"I 'm hoping that we can sit down and sort something out and I will be back for pre-season training next week."
Former Eire under-21 international Dawson revealed he has had two firm offers from Irish teams.
But he is adamant he will only consider them if there is no way of staying at Field Mill.
Dawson said: "It's getting to the time when I need to sort something out, one way or the other and I really hope I can.
"The fans at the club are great, as are the rest of the players, but I suppose the final decision is down to the chairman."
Meanwhile, mansfield target Ben Futcher is set to sign for League Two rivals Bury.
The giant defender has been offered a deal to join the Stags by boss Billy Dearden.
Baptiste is not a target
http://www.thisisscunthorpe.co.uk, 28 June 2007
Rumours linking Scunthorpe United with a move for Mansfield Town defender Alex John-Baptiste are wide of the mark.
Transfer speculation suggested the Iron were one of several clubs tracking the highly-rated 21-year-old centre back.
But the player's agent Alex Cowdy confirmed he had had no contact with anyone at Glanford Park.
"If Scunthorpe are interested, it's news to me," said Cowdy.
"They have not been in touch with me and they haven't been in touch with Mansfield Town."
John-Baptiste looked set to join League One side Crewe a fortnight ago, only for the move to break down over the Stags' valuation of the player.
The young centre-back is out of contract at Field Mill, but any club interested in the player must pay for his services as he is under 24.
Mansfield chairman James Derry has slapped a £300,000 price tag on his head.
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