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Holdsworth: Stags duo have bright futures
Evening Post, March 07, 2009,
DAVID Holdsworth is delighted to have tied promising youngsters Scott Garner and Louis Briscoe to long-term deals at Mansfield.
The pair have impressed since signing 18-month deals in January; Garner, 19, joining from Leicester City and Briscoe, 20, from Ilkeston.
Holdsworth believes strongly that both men are destined for bright futures in the game.
And he has moved swiftly to ensure they remain an integral part of his vision for the future by handing both one-year extensions.
It means central defender Garner and powerful attacker Briscoe are contracted to the Stags until the summer of 2011.
"I want them to buy into 'brand Holdsworth' and to be part of the club's long-term future so I'm delighted these deals have been agreed," said Holdsworth.
"I was keen to secure both their futures and the chairman and board were also keen to come to an agreement.
"It is important these boys are secured to us and if they are going to go elsewhere anytime soon then people are going to have to pay.
"I want good players at the club who have bright futures and these two come into that category. They are great lads."
Holdsworth has also brought in three players on trial who have been told they will not be getting contracts at their Championship clubs.
Full-back Elijah Reid, 19, has come in from Sheffield United while goalkeeper Neil Collett, 19, and central defender Bradley Jones, 18, have previously been at Coventry City.
Holdsworth said: "These are players we are looking at with a view to next season.
"They have had the disappointment of being told they are going to be let go but we have to be proactive in having a look at them because they could do a good job for us.
"Elijah can play down either flank, is comfortable on the ball and is a great character.
"Neil comes highly recommended and is a good shot stopper, while Bradley is a 6ft 1ins defender who is quick and from what I gather was very unlucky not to get a contract."
Mansfield are expected to welcome another triallist, formerly of Leeds United, on Monday.
Stags take three on trial
Friday, March 06, 2009, 11:54Comment on this story
MANSFIELD Town have today taken on three trialists – while a fourth is expected to arrive on Monday.
Full-back Elijah Reid, 19, comes in from Sheffield United while goalkeeper Neil Collett, 19, and central defender Bradley Jones, 18, have previously been at Coventry City.
The quartet will be completed after the weekend by a former Leeds United player.
They will hope to win a deal with the Stags as Gianluca Havern successfully did shortly after David Holdsworth's arrival as manager.
Three ex-Championship club players on trial at Stags
2 players sign extended contracts
CHAD, 06 March 2009
By Tim Morriss
STAGS manager David Holdsworth has brought in three players on trial after they have been released by Championship clubs.
Full back Elijah Reid (19), a schoolboy at Rotherham, has come from Sheffield United's academy.
Keeper Neil Collett and central defender Bradley Jones (18) have recently been let go by Coventry City.
The club's official website mansfieldtown.net says a fourth triallist is expected to arrive at Field Mill on Monday from Leeds United.
Holdsworth said: "Elijah looks comfortable on the ball and we will try to get him a game in the reserves.
"Neil Collett comes highly recommended and has a great attitude. Bradley Jones is highly recommended again. It has been a tough week for them, but this is a great opportunity for them here.
"I now have a huge squad and have some tough decisions to make over the next few weeks regarding players' contracts.
"I have a budget to adhere to. I have an idea of how many I want in the squad next season. I can only retain a certain amount."
Levi Reid and Stef Frost remain on trial. Jake Spate, from Droylsden, is also on trial at the club.
On Friday it was also revealed that Scott Garner and Louis Briscoe - both brought to the Stags by Holdsworth in January after playing for him at Ilkeston - have signed extended deals to keep them at Field Mill until July 2011.
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