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STAGS ON BRINK OF LEVER DEAL
21st August 2002 12:49


Lever set to face spireites
CHAD
Central defender Mark Lever is set to make his Mansfield Town debut in Saturday's local derby with Chesterfield after passing a medical at Field Mill his morning.
And, if paperwork is completed in time, the 32-year-old 6ft 3ins defender is expected to figure in this afternoon's reserve game at Notts County.
Lever arrived at Field Mill last night for talks and it is hoped everything will be soted out by the end of today.
Despite their bright start to the season, Stags have leaked too many goals from set pieces and Mansfield manager Stuart Watkiss said: "We need someone who will head the ball and Mark fits the bill.
"He is an old fashioned type of centre half who will bully centre forwards and get a head on things.
"He is good at organising everyone around him which is what we are missing right now."
There was also brighter news on striker Shayne Bradley who should take some part in the reserve game at Notts County.
However, full backs Allen Tankard and Bobby Hassell are still not back in training and stand little chance of shaking off injuries in time to face Chesterfield.
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Mansfieldtown.net
Mark Lever travelled up from Bristol City last night to have a medical in Mansfield this morning. It appears that the 6'3" defender has agreed terms to end his contract with Bristol City and make the move north to Mansfield. The player is currently having his medical and if the results of that give the all clear, he could become a Stags player this afternoon and jump straight into action for the reserves at Meadow Lane today. If the deal goes ahead, Lever will certainly be in the squad to face Chesterfield on Saturday. We will bring you more details of the move, as we get them.
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