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1st August 2008 23:30

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Mansfield sign former Notts trio
BBC.co.uk, 1 Aug 2008

Mansfield Town have signed the former Notts County trio of striker Jason Lee, right-back Gary Silk and midfielder Matt Somner.

Lee, 37, Silk, aged 23 and 25-year-old Somner have been on trial at Mansfield following their release from Meadow Lane at the end of last season.

Lee has played for Nottingham Forest and Lincoln as well as Notts.

"I will give Mansfield the same 100% commitment which I have for all my clubs," he told the Stags website.

Lee has over 500 league appearances to his name, and has scored more than 100 goals in his domestic career.

Silk and Somner have spent the last two years at Meadow Lane but were both released as part of a mass clear-out by manager Ian McParland.

Mansfield set to capture two more
BBC.co.uk, 1 Aug 2008
Mansfield Town are set to sign defender Alan O'Hare and defensive midfielder Gavin Hurren after successful trials.

O'Hare, 25, had been at Chesterfield for the past six years before being released this summer when he started training with the Stags.

Hurren, 22, is a former Nottingham Forest youth team player and was most recently at Kidderminster Harriers.

Three more players sign for Stags
CHAD.co.uk, 1 Aug 2008

THREE more players have put pen to paper and pledged their future to Mansfield Town's bid to return to the Football League at the first attempt.
Trialists Jason Lee, Gary Silk and Matthew Somner have all signed contracts - following on from Alan O'Hare and Gavin Hurran - taking the total number of new signings today to five players.

Experienced striker Jason Lee (37) has clocked up more than 500 League appearances, hitting the back of the net over 100 times and winning four promotions.

His former clubs include Nottingham Forest, Notts County and Lincoln City.

He signed for the club after featuring in several pre-season games and said he was delighted to have sorted out his future with the Stags.

He told mansfieldtown.net: "There were options to go and play in various places around the country but I have lived in Nottingham for 15 years now and this is an opportunity to play for a local side.

"I am an ex-Red and an ex-Pie, and it shows I care about the community. I will give Mansfield the same 100 per cent commitment which I have for all the clubs I have played for."

Joining Lee, is 23-year-old right-back Gary Silk who has also been on trial at the club and has made more than 100 League appearances.

Stags' fifth signing of the day is 25-year-old versatile midfielder Matthew Somner.

The former Wales U21 international started his career at left back and later moved to centre half, before ex-Notts County manager Steve Thompson moved the tough-tackling player further up the pitch.

Details regarding the length of contracts have not yet been disclosed.

Two trialists set to sign for Stags
CHAD.co.uk, 1 Aug 2008
TWO of Mansfield Town manager Billy McEwan's long-term trialists are ready to put to paper and join the Stags - and four more may sign soon.
Ex-Bolton trainee defender Alan O'Hare (25) and midfielder Gavin Hurran (22) are due to sign after verbally agreeing contracts, reports mansfieldtown.net

The manager said he is also waiting for a response on contract from four other players - while Chad understands that a season-long loan deal with Nottingham Forest for young keeper Paddy Gamble is also being considered.

O'Hare was released by Chesterfield in the summer after six years at Saltergate, while Hurran was at Kidderminster last season.

Both have figured highly in most of the pre-season friendlies, and featured from the first at Hucknall.

Irishman O'Hare can play either left-back or in the middle of the defence, while Hurren is a defensive centre midfielder, a former team-mate of another new signing Michael Blackwood at Kidderminster where he made more than 75 appearances.

McEwan said: "Both have accepted the contracts which we have offered them, and we are now waiting for them to put pen to paer.

"Alan has made over 140 appearances for Chesterfield and brings a lot of experience to the side. He has shown that he has what it takes to fo a good job for us this season, and with the training and coaching he will receive, I have no doubt thart he can only improve further."

The manager, talking about Hurran, described him as a versatile player 'which is very important'.

"We had to throw him in at the deep end on Monday night against Sheffield United, as he had an injury in the days leading upto the match, but I thought he did well overall," added McEwan.

He also said that he was waiting for a response to contract offers from four other players - yesterday Chad reported that McEwan had been trying to tie up deals with several players.
The manager also told the club's website on Friday that a striker from Championship club would be added to the squad for the match at Boston tomorrow. Yesterday he told Chad that he anticipated some loan signings before the start of the new season.


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