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2nd July 2007 20:20

Midfield search on after Coke leaves
CHAD website, 02 Jul 2007

By John Lomas
A central midfield player would appear to be an urgent priority for Stags boss Billy Dearden after Giles Coke today signed a two-year contract with League One Northampton Town.
There have already been stories in the Irish press this week that fellow central midfielder Stephen Dawson, out of contract like Coke, is set to join Eircom League club Bohemians.

Dawson is unhappy with the new deal offered by the Stags.

Coke had missed much of the second half of the season after damaging knee ligaments at Accrington but has rejected his new deal at Field Mill to step up a division.

With Coke being under 24, a fee will be involved and, with Stags reportedly rejecting a sum offered by the Cobblers, the amount will now be decided by a transfer tribunal.

The former QPR youth team player was spotted by Mansfield while playing non-League for Kingstonian.

Striker Barry Conlon, who was released by Stags at the end of the season, was today expected to sign for League Two rivals Bradford City.

Northampton sign midfielder Coke
BBC.co.uk, 02 Jul 2007

Northampton Town have signed Mansfield Town midfielder Giles Coke for a fee to be decided by a tribunal.
Coke, 21, has rejected the offer of a new deal at Field Mill and has agreed a two-year contract with the Cobblers.

Having begun his career as a trainee at QPR, had a spell at Kingstonian and then joined Mansfield in March 2005.

Although Coke is out of contract, the Stags are entitled to a fee as he is under 24 - and that will be decided by a Football League tribunal.

He has made 70 league appearances for the Stags.

Gray adds fizz with Coke signing
http://www.teamtalk.com, 02 Jul 2007

Northampton manager Stuart Gray has strengthened his side by completing the signing of Mansfield midfielder Giles Coke on a two-year deal.

The 20-year-old rejected a new deal at Field Mill to sign for the Cobblers and a fee will have to be decided by a Football League tribunal after the Stags rejected an initial offer.

Coke suffered a serious knee injury in January which ended his season but Gray is hopeful that the youngster will be fit by the end of August.

The powerful midfielder becomes the Cobblers' fourth signing of the summer after Danny Jackman, Colin Larkin and Ian Henderson and Gray has hinted that two more strikers will be on their way before the start of the season.

He said: "I expect to add another couple of strikers to the squad as pre-season progresses and then we will be just about ready."

Cobblers capture Coke
By Mark Buckingham - Created on 2 Jul 2007

Giles Coke has agreed to join Northampton Town after rejecting a new contract at Mansfield Town.

The young midfielder had expressed a desire to secure fresh terms at Field Mill and was offered a deal by manager Billy Dearden.

But Coke has opted to turn down the chance to stay with Mansfield and has plumped for a step up to League One level with Northampton.

The 20-year-old has accepted a two-year contract with the Cobblers, with the fee to be decided by a tribunal.

During just over two years with Mansfield, Coke made 82 appearances for the club, chipping in with seven goals.

He has been out of action since January with a knee injury, but is expected to be fit to return in the early weeks of the new season.

Transfers - July 2007
2 July 2007
Giles Coke [Mansfield - Northampton] Tribunal


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