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30th January 2008 16:22

update 30Jan2008 - mansfieldtown.net confirms that Jefferson Louis has signed a 3 month contract.

Stags 'sign' striker
CHAD.co.uk, 29Jan2008, by Tim Morriss

STAGS boss Billy Dearden has landed his second signing of the week - and has not ruled out another new face before Thursday's transfer window deadline.
Dearden, who had previously been frustrated in his attempts to bring in new faces in the January transfer window, followed up on Monday's capture of Will Atkinson on loan with a permanent deal for big striker Jefferson Louis.

Louis (28), who was previously at Weymouth, was a free agent and has been tracked by the Stags for a few weeks - having trained with the club for the past few days.

The powerful forward featured in last week's friendly at Loughborough University, agreed terms on Tuesday afternoon and will sign a three-month contract on Wednesday morning.

He is not eligible for tonight's match at Lincoln, but will be in the squad for Saturday's visit of Brentford.

The 6ft 2ins striker has had League experience with Oxford, in 2002-2004, and at Bristol Rovers a year later.

At Oxford he made 18 League appearances, 37 as a substitute, and scored seven goals. He played a handful of games at Rovers.

Since then he has been playing in non league at Lewes and Weymouth.

Louis told the club's official website mansfieldtown.net: "I am delighted to be given the chance at Football League level again.

"Some managers have doubted me in football, but now I have the chance to prove them wrong.

"I have to repay the faith which the manager (Dearden) has shown in me.

"I am determined to help get Mansfield out of the relegation zone.

"Everyone here must believe that we can get out of the relegation zone. I certainly believe that we can, having trained with the lads for the past couple of days."

Manager Dearden told Chad on Tuesday afternoon: "I think the fans will like him. He is a big strong lad and one of those who needs a run ina team.

"He had a good spell at Oxford when they were in the League, but has been playing non league recently and was disappointed not get back into the League sooner.

"He is something different to what we have already got and when he gets as fit as he can, I can see him being a handful for one or two teams in our league.

"Look at McLean at Peterborough - You hope a non league player you bring in comes good and might make it in the League again. You never know, he could be a hit.

"I have seen him play before, but I had lost track of where he had gone until now.

"I am still waiting on other calls which may or may not happen before Thursday's transfer window deadline, but I can't bring in anyone on 18-month contracts which is disappointing.

"I would only have to wait another week before I can bring in players on emergency loan if nothing else happens before Thursday."


by Martin Shaw:

I have seen Louis play many times - he is a big strong striker.

Here he is, scoring for Weymouth at Woking this season:

This season he has scored 8 goals in 16 league & cup starts (+ 6 sub appearances) for Weymouth in Blue Square Premier and FA Cup.

He left Weymouth earlier this month following a disagreement with manager Jason Tindall. It was reported that he was not happy about starting the New Years Day clash with Salisbury on the bench. Tindall vowed he would never wear the Weymouth shirt again whilst he remained in charge, and criticised his attitude towards the other players.

By coincidence, Tindall has just been sacked as Weymouth boss, and today replaced by John Hollins, who last week, in a Stagsnet exclusive was tipped by Dave Hollins (brother of John Hollins), as a possible dream team partner to Billy Dearden to get the Stags out of trouble.

from soccerbase.com:
Jefferson Louis
Height 6.02 , Weight 14.05
Date of birth 22-02-1979 , Place of birth Harrow
Position Forward , Nationality England

All time playing career

Club From To Fee League FA Cup League cup Other
Weymouth 27-06-2007 Free 16 (5) 7 0 (1) 1 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0
Havant & W 01-01-2007 27-06-2007 Signed No appearance data available
Yeading 01-01-2006 01-01-2007 Free 0 (0) 0 1 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0
Stevenage 29-12-2005 31-05-2006 Non-contract 12 (6) 6 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0
Worthing 01-10-2005 29-12-2005 No appearance data available
Bristol R 01-05-2005 30-09-2005 Signed 3 (6) 0 0 (0) 0 1 (0) 0 0 (0) 0
Woking 03-12-2004 01-05-2005 Nominal 21 (2) 3 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 2 (0) 1
Forest Green 24-09-2004 03-12-2004 Free 7 (1) 1 0 (2) 1 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0
Ebbsfleet 28-08-2004 22-09-2004 Loan 3 (2) 2 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0
Woking 02-08-2003 17-09-2003 Loan 8 (0) 5 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0
Oxford 28-03-2002 24-09-2004 Free 18 (37) 7 1 (3) 1 1 (2) 1 2 (0) 0
Thame Utd 01-08-2000 28-03-2002 No appearance data available
Totals £ 0 88 (59) 31 2 (6) 3 2 (2) 1 4 (0) 1
goals / game 0.21 0.37 0.25 0.25


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