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8 Jan 09
Mansfield Town have this morning signed Louis Briscoe, Rob Duffy and Scott Garner.
Read full story at mansfieldtown.net here

Winger/forward Briscoe, 20, is a former Port Vale trainee, who has scored a bagful of goals at Ilkeston Town most recently. Said Manager David Holdsworth: "We are delighted to have Louis on board. He will give me options on both wings and will put Nathan Arnold under pressure. He will give me an option up front when I play 4-3-3, which I sometimes like to do."

Striker Rob Duffy, 26, who was on trial with us at the start of the season. joins from Newport, where Dean Holdsworth is manager.

Said our boss David Holdsworth: "I have pinched him from my brother! Rob is a centre-forward with a good pedigree. My brother plays 4-5-1 and it isn't conducive to forwards. He has the know-how of putting the ball in the bag and he can win headers - winning the first ball is imperative."

Rob joins us until the end of the season.

18 year old defender Scott Garner has left Leicester City to join us. Garner had previously had a loan spell with Holdsworth's old club Ilkeston Town.

Said the manager: "Scott has signed an 18 month contract. He is a player with great potential. He is 6 ft 2 with bags of ability. I think he will be the future captain of this football club. He will learn from me, as I have played a few games in that position.

"He brings a youthfulness and a strong aerial ability in defence, which has been lacking," added the manager.


Mansfield Town sign Ilkeston striker Briscoe and Leicester defender Garner
CHAD.co.uk, 8 Jan 09, by Tim Morriss
FORMER Port Vale striker Louis Briscoe and defender Scott Garner have signed for Mansfield Town - as suggested by Chad over recent days . . . and there may still be more new faces over the next few days.

Full story at CHAD.co.uk here

Briscoe and Garner follow three backroom staff and manager David Holdsworth from Ilkeston to Field Mill and have both signed 18-month contracts.

The news takes the total of signings to six this week for Holdsworth - with three loan players having returned to their parent clubs.

And the manager added that he still had 'a couple more irons in the fire' with regards to new players.

Chad first revealed on Saturday that striker Brsicoe was being considered and on Tuesday night Ilkeston said the player had been released and had been in talks with the Stags.

Chad also first revealed yesterday that Garner, who had been on loan at Ilkeston from Leicester, was a transfer target.

Garner (18), a 6ft 2ins 'future captain for this football club' according to Holdsworth, has been signed from Leicester after returning there from his Ilkeston loan earlier in the week. "He is a young centre half with great potential. He has good ability," Holdsworth added on Thursday.

Garner has been a mainstay of the Foxes' youth and reserve sides, before going on loan to Ilkeston earlier this season. He joined Leicester as a 12-year-old.

Holdsworth said today of striker Briscoe: "Louis can make the step up to this level - I am 100 per cent confident of that.

"He is raw - like a dog looking for a bone - and he is certainly not the finished article.

"But he is a young man the fans are going to like. He is two-footed and can play up front, right of a three or right or left wing.

"He has an inner strength and I think full time football will benefit the boy. He has loved his first day here with us."

Briscoe and Garner follow Curtis Woodhouse, Alan Marriott and Rob Duffy into Field Mill, after the midfielder, keeper and striker were signed earlier this week - together with triallist keeper Dan Whatsize.

Briscoe (20), whom Holdsworth took to Ilkeston just a month ago, began as a trainee at Port Vale and made four substitute appearances in League One as a teenager and one in the FA Cup.

After being released, he enjoyed a fine spell with Leek Town and scored 19 goals for them last season, just failing to stave off relegation.
Then followed spells at Stafford Rangers and Gresley Rovers earlier this season, with the forward leaving both clubs because of financial problems, before his switch to Ilkeston in December.

On the club's other new striker Duffy - who has still to complete his signing from Newport and has been handed a six-month contract with a one-year option - Holdsworth added: "Playing for my brother he was on his own in a 4-5-1 formation, which is not conducive to being a centre forward - it's like playing for Bolton!

"The travelling was also getting him down. Hopefully we can get the best out of him. He is a strong determined character, who will win his headers and likes to win the first ball."


Mansfield busy as new trio sign
Evening Post, January 08, 2009

MANSFIELD Town manager David Holdsworth has added another three players to his squad today, taking the total to six this week.

Read full story at thisismansfieldtown.co.uk here

Ilkeston winger Louis Briscoe, 20, Newport striker Rob Duffy, 26, and 18-year-old Leicester City defender Scott Garner have all joined the Field Mill club.
Briscoe, who Holdsworth knows from his time at the New Manor Ground, has agreed an 18-month deal, along with Garner, who was also on loan at Ilkeston.
Duffy has signed until the end of the season with an option for another season.
Holdsworth said: "Louis will give me options on both wings and will put Nathan Arnold under pressure.
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Duffy has been at Newport this season after playing for the Stags on trial during the summer.
He scored 24 goals in 47 starts in a successful spell with Oxford and has also played for Cambridge United and Wrexham on loan.
New boss Holdsworth's first full week in the job has seen a blaze of activity.
Curtis Woodhouse and Alan Marriott have joined from Rushden and yesterday 'keeper Dan Whatsize was the club's third confirmed signing in as many days.
The young goalkeeper, 18, formerly on Chesterfield's books, will offer competition for Marriott in the absence of Jason White (injured) and Luke Herriott (ill).


Mansfield Town sign striker - and more new faces on the way
CHAD.co.uk, 07 January 2009, By Tim Morriss
MANSFIELD Town have signed striker Rob Duffy (26) - who was on trial at the Stags in pre-season - according to reports in Wales.

Full story at CHAD.co.uk here

And Chad understands that more new faces could be unveiled later today, possibly including released Ilkeston striker Louis Briscoe who according to his former club is in talks with the Stags.

Another former Ilkeston player, Leicester defender Scott Garner who was recalled from a loan at the Robins yesterday, is also rumoured to be a loan target of the Stags.

And on Wednesday afternoon young keeper Dan Whatsize did join on a trial basis - click here for report

New Stags manager David Holdsworth has swooped for forward Duffy, who was at Newport County - managed by David's twin brother Dean.

Dean has revealed that former Welsh U21 international Duffy has left the club with immediate effect after scoring three goals this season.

The Newport boss told the South Wales Argus: "I can announce that Rob Duffy has left the club.

"Rob has agreed to join Mansfield Town with immediate effect.

Duffy played the first hour of the pre-season friendly at Hucknall and was then substitute at Ilkeston in another friendly, before being told by then manager Billy McEwan that he would not be offered a contract.

Duffy - like the Stags' first two newcomers under new boss Holdsworth - is a former Rushden player, but was with the Diamonds when they were a Football League club.

Last season he was at Wrexham, after leaving Oxford United where he was top scorer in 2006-07 with 21 goals and added a further six in the early part of last season.

In total he hit 24 goals in 56 games for Oxford but his career stuttered there after a spell out with a broken arm.

He is the club's third signing under Holdsworth, who was unavailable on Wednesday morning to confirm the reports of his new striker.

On Tuesday the boss saw two of his loan players, keeper Paddy Gamble and striker Emile Sinclair, return to Nottingham Forest. This week he has already signed experienced midfielder Curtis Woodhouse and keeper Alan Marriott.


Duffy: I've got nothing to prove
8th January 2009
southwalesargus.co.uk, By Andrew Penman

ROB Duffy claims he has nothing to prove to Newport County fans after his ill-fated stay at the club was cut short this week.

The striker, who managed just three goals in five months at Spytty Park, has joined Blue Square Premier outfit Mansfield Town and most Exiles fans are happy to see him go.

Despite his poor record in the Blue Square South, Duffy insists he can recapture the form he showed at Wrexham, Oxford United and Rushden & Diamonds, claiming full-time football will bring the best out of him.

“It's a great move for me and I can't wait to get started,” said Duffy.

“It didn't work out for me at Newport and that's a shame but that's football and you've got to move on,” he added.

“I've got nothing to prove to Newport County fans, I know my form wasn't good enough and I only had a handful of games where I was at the level I should have been, but full-time football will be good for me.”

Responding to County fans who criticised his work-rate, Duffy insisted he always gave his best for the club.

“Everyone who knows me knows I love football and I certainly do care. My body language might look bad to some people but that is just the way I am,” he said.

“The fans turn up on a Saturday and expect a bed of roses but they don't know everything that goes on.

“In the end I wasn't playing and I told the manager I wanted to go. We were honest with each other and we parted on good terms.”

Duffy will now link up with David Holdsworth, twin brother of Exiles manager Dean, at the Stags and he's looking forward to working with his new boss.

“I've been impressed with David,” said Duffy. “He has many of the same ideas as Dean but he has got more time and better facilities to follow them through and he hasn't got his hands tied as much so hopefully things will work out.”

Commenting on Duffy's departure, Dean Holdsworth said: “David enquired about Rob based on his previous record, because he has scored goals at that level in the past.”

“He expressed an interest in taking him and it suited all parties. We didn't see the best of Rob at Newport but that is the way things go sometimes.

“He's based in Northampton and I think he suffered having to travel so far. I've told him that he has to apply himself to full-time football now and I'm sure it will suit him better at Mansfield.”


7 Jan 2009

Newport County boss Dean Holdsworth told the South Wales Argus: "I can announce that Rob Duffy has left the club. Rob has agreed to join Mansfield Town with immediate effect."

Duffy played for the Stags in pre-season games at Hucknall and Ilkeston (reports here and here )
before being released (here)


Duffy leaves County for Mansfield

Newport County boss Dean Holdsworth has revealed that former Welsh Under-21 international Rob Duffy has left the club with immediate effect.

The 26-year-old striker has joined Mansfield Town where he will play under Holdsworth's twin brother David.

The Exiles boss told the South Wales Argus: "Following what has been a very busy day I can announce that Rob Duffy has left the club.

"Rob has agreed to join Mansfield Town with immediate effect.

"I would like to take this opportunity to thank Rob for his effort during his time here at Newport County AFC and to wish him every success for the future."

The Ironsides mentor is now expected to bring in some new reinforcements to strengthen the Newport Stadium side's attack.

He added: "My first priority is to secure the signings of Wayne Turk and Aaron Cook but I am also looking at other possibilities.

"I have been in discussions with 20 to 30 managers in the past few days and I hope to be able to announce some new arrivals soon," he added.

"Losing Hughes, which came as a bolt out of the blue, and now Duffy means I have some more money to play with.

"And there is no doubt that we need to bring people in because the squad was already too small and it has got a lot smaller this week."



Striker Rob Duffy has left Blue Square South club Newport County and has agreed to join Blue Square Premier outfit Mansfield Town with immediate effect.

Duffy is a replacement for Emile Sinclair, who has returned to Coca-Cola Championship side Nottingham Forest after being on loan at Field Mill for three months.

Sinclair scored five goals in eighteen appearances for Mansfield after joining in October

Duffy (pictured) signed for County in July 2008 after spending the latter part of the previous season at Wrexham.

A Welsh Youth international, he played for Rushden & Diamonds in their brief period in League football and later had short spells at Stamford on loan, Cambridge United, Kettering Town and Stevenage Borough before joining Oxford United.

He was the U's top scorer in 2006/07 with twenty-one league and cup goals and he added a further six last term.

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New Stags striker Duffy out to take his second chance

CHAD, 15 January 2009
By John Lomas
IT is second time lucky for Welsh U21 striker Rob Duffy after he joined Mansfield Town from Newport this week.
Former Stags boss Billy McEwan didn't offer him a deal after a trial here in the summer. But now Duffy has moved from Dean Holdsworth's Newport to join the other Holdsworth twin, David, at Field Mill.

It has provided a route back into full time football and an end to some horrendous commuting from his Northampton home.

"I was here pre-season and it didn't work out. I had to make a decision to look after myself and so I moved to Newport," he said ahead of a hoped for debut at the weekend.

"The geography wasn't great and when I got the chance to come here I jumped at it.

"I can tell the difference a week back into full-time training.

"When you are training twice a week, even though you are also going to the gym yourself, it is not like training very morning."

Duffy hopes to be selected to face Crawley on Saturday and added: "It would be nice to get my first goal on my debut which I hope will be Saturday. If then then I will just keeping trying until I do score.

"Like here, I played with Oxford on their first season out of League football. These are two clubs that should not be in this league."


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