STAGS WAITING ON LEE BELL DECISION
Stags waiting on Bell decision
CHAD website, 26 July 2007
By John Lomas
WITH the new season only just over a fortnight away, Mansfield manager Billy Dearden today admitted he may have to press midfielder Lee Bell to make a decision over joining the club as time is running out to look elsewhere.
Stags are short in the central midfield department and the 24-year-old former Crewe player was offered a deal to mull over this week after impressing in pre-season training.
But he had not come back to Dearden with an answer by the start of training this morning and Dearden said: "I will have to ask Lee for a final decision soon.
"He must make his mind up quickly in case we have to look elsewhere.
"I have to be a little patient but we can't wait long.
"I have made some enquiries and like many other managers right now I am just waiting on a couple of phone calls.
"It may be I take a player on a long term loan as one or two I have asked about, their clubs won't let them go on a permanent basis.
"We haven't the biggest squad and once you start playing pre-season games you start picking up bits and bobs on the injury front.
"You get a couple back and lose a couple more."
Jake Buxton and Danny Sleath missed training today with tight hamstrings.
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