JASON LEE LEAVES, PLUS NEWS OF OTHER TRIALLISTS
Jason Lee joins Kettering, plus news of other triallists
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Stags striker Lee joins Kettering
CHAD.co.uk, 13 January 2009, By Tim Morriss
MANSFIELD Town's veteran striker Jason Lee has completed his move to BSP rivals Kettering - a switch first suggested at Chad.co.uk on Monday.
Full story at CHAD.co.uk here
New Stags boss David Holdsworth said: "Since I have been in he has been magnificent, but he wants to play frequently and I am looking for different options for us.
"I am very honest with the boys and they know that if they have other options then I won't stand in their way."
The former Nottingham Forest and Notts County striker joined the Stags under Billy McEwan in the summer and scored three goals in 22 appearances.
However, Lee often struggled playing in a 4-3-3 formation under McEwan.
Now the 37-year-old has been allowed to join the Poppies under the David Holdsworth revolution at Field Mill.
On Tuesday Kettering announced that they had signed the player until the end of the season - and late in the day the Stags said the paperwork on the move had been completed.
Also late on Tuesday the club revealed the name of the fifth triallist to arrive this week.
Former Stags youth player Ashley Burbeary was not named yesterday by manager Holdsworth. But today the boss said of the 22-year-old midfielder, who started his career at Leeds United: "He is a little buzz-bomb, a tidy footballer who knows how to keep the football and also has an eye for a pass."
Burbeary was at Field Mill three years ago and like the other triallists is expected to play in Wednesday's reserve match against Derby at Alfreton.
He has been with Gainsborough Trinity, Aldershot, Alfreton, Stalybridge and more recently Droylsden - featuring in one of their cup ties in the epic FA Cup clash with Chesterfield earlier this season.
Lee's departure and Burbeary's arrival on trial come amidst a frantic period of change at Field Mill under new manager Holdsworth.
Since taking over at the Stags on Monday 29th December, Holdsworth has seen three loan players return to their clubs, one player leave (Lee), three more be transfer listed, six come in on trial and a further five sign for Mansfield Town.
On Tuesday evening he said there had been no enquiries for the three players transfer listed on Monday - Jason White, Gavin Hurren and Nathan Arnold.
Holdsworth added that the departure of Lee may free up funds to utilise on a permanent signing, saying: "I know where we need strengthening and we must have flexibility and the ability to adapt in the squad."
His changes so far - including three new coaches - are:
New signings: Keeper Alan Marriott, defender Scott Garner, midfielder Curtis Woodhouse, striker Rob Duffy, winger Louis Briscoe.
Triallists: Dan Whatsize, John Kane, Martin McBride, Gianluca Havern, Paul Farman, Ashley Burbeary.
Transfer listed: Jason White, Gavin Hurren, Nathan Arnold.
Loan players to return: Paddy Gamble, Adnan Ahmed, Emile Sinclair.
Players out - Jason Lee
And, because of postponements, Holdsworth's new look Stags have yet to play a game under the young manager.
The period of change at Field Mill has been accentuated by the departure of chief executive John Hemmingham and commercial director Bob Gorrill last week.
Holdsworth: It was Lee's choice to leave Stags
Evening Post, 14 January 2009
MANSFIELD boss David Holdsworth today insisted he would have been happy to keep departed striker Jason Lee.
The 37-year-old former Forest frontman signed for Blue Square Premier rivals Kettering last night.
His exit is likely to be the first of several, with Nathan Arnold, Gavin Hurren and Jason White on the transfer list.
But Holdsworth has made it clear it was Lee's decision to go.
"Jason had various options before I came to Mansfield. I sat down with him and told him I had a desire to keep him," he said.
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"If he had stayed I would have been happy because he has shown an excellent attitude."
The search for new blood continues apace with two more trialists, Gianluca Havern and Ashley Burbeary joining.
Right-back or central defender Havern has come from Stockport County where he has made one senior appearance.
Central midfielder Burbeary, who has been with Droylsden, came through the ranks at the Stags before being released.
Both are set to join goalkeeper Paul Farman in trying to impress Holdsworth in today's reserve game with Derby County.
But Stranraer duo John Kane and Martin McBride will not be available to play because they do not have international clearance.
Holdsworth said: "Havern is very tall but he is also very comfortable on the ball and offers versatility.
"Burbeary is a very busy character, but he is technically adept as well."
Meanwhile, chairman Andy Perry has said the club will study the findings of a Football Conference statement on Oxford's points deduction before deciding what action, if any, to take.
The Us were expected to be docked the 11 points they gained while fielding an ineligible player but were deducted only five, raising the question of whether the punishment fits the crime.
Lee leaves Stags as two more trialists join
Evening Post, 13 January 2009
Jason Lee today has today left Mansfield to join Blue Square Premier rivals Kettering Town.
Full story at Evening Post website here
And manager David Holdsworth has been true to his word by bringing in two more trialists ahead of tomorrow's reserve game with Derby County.
Joining the club on a temporary basis are defender Gianluca Havern and midfielder Ashley Burbeary.
Havern, 20, who can play at right-back or in the middle, comes in from League One side Stockport County.
The Manchester-born player scored in his only senior game for the Hatters in their 1-0 win over Brentford in the final regular season game of 2007-2008.
Burbeary, 22, was on the books at Field Mill as a youngster and has gone on to play for a raft of non-league clubs.
He has most latterly been at Droylsden and featured for them in their recent FA Cup second round tie with Chesterfield.
The duo are set to join fellow goalkeeper Paul Farman in trying to impress for the Stags' second string.
But the club will not be able to field Stranraer duo John Kane and Martin McBridge because they the necessary international clearance has not been secured.
The Scottish pair are continuing to train at the club though.
On Lee's departure, Holdsworth said: “Jason has had options since before I came here and I said I wouldn't stand in his way if he wanted to take up alternative employment.
“He has trained very hard for me and I think he understands my method but I think part of it is that he wants more regular first team football and I haven't got a problem with that.”
Lee wanted to leave - Holdsworth
CHAD.co.uk, 15 January 2009
STAGS boss David Holdsworth today revealed it was Jason Lee's wish to leave the club.
And he also again stressed that hopes of keeping Nathan Arnold at the club remained alive, despite placing the young winger on the transfer list this week.
Veteran striker Lee departed for BSP rivals Kettering Town this week and Holdsworth said: "ADVERTISEMENTThe first day I got here we sat down and had a chat.
"I was aware there had been some movement for Jason before I got here and I left it open to him.
"He's a good lad and I like him. He expressed a desire to move to Kettering and I didn't want to stand in his way.
"I am a man of my word and I spoke to the Kettering manager who was very grateful.
"I keep saying - if any player wants to go the door is open for them - it's as simple as that."
After deciding he wanted to keep his options open rather than sign an extended deal, Arnold was made available this week.
But Holdsworth stresed: "The door is not shut on Nathan and I am very optimisitic we will sit down and talk again.
"The financial situation here is healthy. But I won't be held to ransom by anyone - I have a limit I will go to.
"With respect to the players we have here, there are 1,001 players out there wanting to play for David Holdsworth which is great.
"But I only want players wanting to give 100 per cent commitment and desire to play for this club and for me."
Poppies sign veteran striker Lee
Jason Lee enjoyed his most high-profile days with Nottingham Forest
Kettering Town have signed experienced striker Jason Lee from fellow Blue Square Premier side Mansfield Town.
The much-travelled 37-year-old, London-born, former Nottingham Forest and Notts County target man has signed until the end of the season.
"I've seen a few negative comments from our supporters already which drives me crackers," Kettering boss Mark Cooper told BBC Radio Northampton.
"Jason gives us something we haven't got which is a real presence up front.
Poppies manager Cooper was sold on Lee after seeing him come off the bench as a late substitute to help beat Kettering in Mansfield's 3-1 win at Rockingham Road on Boxing Day.
"He played against us for 20 minutes and battered our two centre-backs into submission," said Cooper. "And there's not many strikers that do that.
"He's not going to get it and do seven Cruyff turns and go past three people and smash it into the top corner. I was after Jason in the summer but for one reason or another it didn't happen so I'm pleased to get him
Kettering boss Mark Cooper
"But he's going to keep defenders occupied and win a lot of balls in the air and make goals for people.
"I was after him in the summer but for one reason or another it didn't happen so I'm pleased to get him."
Lee, who began as a trainee at Charlton Athletic, will be making the 16th move of his career.
Apart from Forest, County and Mansfield, he also played for Lincoln City, Southend United, Watford, Chesterfield, Peterborough United, Falkirk, Boston United and Northampton Town and had loan spells with Stockport County, back at his first club Charlton and Grimsby Town.
After choosing Mansfield over Kettering when he was released by Notts County in August, his first move into non-league football, Lee scored three times in the Stags' first four games.
That took his career tally to 123 goals in 626 games (159 of which he has started on the bench). But he has not scored since - and has now been deemed surplus to requirements by new Mansfield boss David Holdsworth.
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