DARYL CLARE JOINS ON LOAN, TO BE MADE PERMANENT
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Clare: I can fire Stags back into the Football League
Wednesday, March 11, 2009, 07:46Comment on this story
HOT-SHOT Daryl Clare says he can help fire Mansfield Town back into the Football League.
The striker has signed on loan from Rushden and Diamonds until the end of the season. But the former Grimsby trainee, who has almost 150 senior goals to his credit at Blue Square Premier level, is determined to be a part of the Stags' plans next season.
Having not played for 12 weeks, 30-year-old Clare is well aware that his impact in the final 11 games will be limited.
But he aims to earn a permanent contract – and then hit the goal trail next season.
"My ambition is to help the club back into the Football League, which is where the manager and the chairman are trying to take the club," said Clare. "I have done it before (at Chester and Boston) and I still feel I can score enough goals. I think I can score in every game.
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Clare was at the Abbey Stadium last night to see Stags lose 2-1 to Cambridge United.
He is expected to play some part in Mansfield reserves' game with Walsall tonight (7pm) as he builds his fitness.
Clar e added: "This is going to be like a mini pre-season for me. Mansfield are a club I have had an eye on for a few years but it hasn't quite worked out before. But when a young manager like David, who is doing well, comes looking for you, then it makes it an easy decision."
Holdsworth has chased the striker since he was appointed as Mansfield boss.
"He has taken a healthy pay cut to come and it's great he has bought into what I am trying to do," he said. "There is a lot of expectation that comes with being Daryl Clare. He will have to earn his place in the side but hopefully then he can deliver us goals."
Stags boss: Patience paid off over Clare
Mansfield boss David Holdsworth is thrilled his patience has paid off after finally landing prolific striker Daryl Clare on loan.
The Stags boss has been tracking the 30-year-old almost since the day he took over at Field Mill.
He has been in regular contact with parent club Rushden and Diamonds but previously said he was not prepared to pay a fee for a player out of contract in the summer.
When the permanent deadline passed without a deal, it looked as if Holdsworth would have to wait until the end-of-the-season to try again.
But the two clubs have now negotiated a temporary deal that is satisfactory to both parties, allowing Jersey-born Clare to see out the season with the Stags.
It will allow Holdsworth to assess the merits of the striker who has played just 12 games, scoring five goals, for Rushden this season.
Clare goes straight into the Mansfield squad for tonight's game at Cambridge United, though it is unclear if he will be handed an immediate debut.
“I've been trying to get Daryl in for a while but it has been drawn out because of the situation he has been in at Rushden,” said Holdsworth.
“I have been monitoring it for a long, long time and I have had to be patient and withdrawn.
“In football you never know what is going to happen – sometimes you get your man and sometimes not.
“That can go for any player and I have been working very hard with the chairman and board for it to come off.
“I'm delighted with Daryl's addition in what is a vital area. He gives me bags of experience and quality and hopefully he can produce the type of form in front of goal he has shown for his previous clubs with us.”
Clare has an excellent strike-rate at the top level of non-league football, scoring almost 150 senior goals for the likes of Burton, Crawley, Boston and Chester.
He began his career at Grimsby and has also played in the Football League on loan at Northampton.
Holdsworth added: “We believe the deal is healthy for the club and we hope it proves fruitful too.
“I have worked with Daryl today so I know where he is at in terms of his fitness and he is not too far away.
“He's a box player, a finisher and he's not afraid to shoot. He's been with a few different clubs and has a proven track record with them.
“We are definitely having a look at Daryl with a view to next season as well.”
Stags snap up striker Clare
CHAD, 10 March 2009
By Tim Morriss
MANSFIELD Town have signed prolific non league striker Daryl Clare on loan until the end of the season - ending weeks of speculation.
The Stags had twice dampened rumours that the 30-year-old would be coming to Field Mill in recent weeks - after Rushden and Diamonds demanded a £10,000 compensation 'fee'.
But manager David Holdsworth made no secret of the fact that he would like a striker of Clare's calibre - after just seven goals in nine matches under his leadership.
And this week the two clubs eventually thrashed out a deal to bring the former Burton and Crawley man to Field Mill - the third ex-Rushden player to make the switch to the Stags since Holdsworth took charge at the end of 2008.
Clare, who is believed to have taken a pay cut to come to Mansfield, will travel with the squad for Stags' match at Cambridge tonight, though may not figure in the 16.
Mansfield Town chairman Andy Perry - who along with co-owners Steve Middleton and Andy Saunders have backed Holdsworth's moves to seriously strengthen the playing squad - told Chad: "I am very excited by the ness and I hope that the fans are, too."
Clare will be at the club until the end of the season, when the Stags will no doubt hope to turn his loan move into a permanent deal.
His signing is sure to excite fans, after recent news that experienced keeper Alan Marriott has agreed an extended contract at the Stags.
And Holdsworth's squad is now beginning to take on a very competitive shape, mixing experienced players through the spine of the team - also including midfielder Curis Woodhouse and defender Adie Moses - with youth.
York City and Kettering were also in the hunt for the experienced marksman, who Rushden had earlier said over Christmas could leave for personal reasons to be closer to his Lincolnshire home.
Any switch was then held up by an arbitration hearing between Rushden and Clare in a dispute of unpaid wages - but now the Stags have agreed a deal with Rushden.
Rushden secretary Matt Wild said: "We are pleased that an agreement has finally been reached between all parties that will finally put this matter to bed.
"It has been a very drawn out affair not helped by the arbitration hearing last month.
"We, of course, wish Daryl all the very best at Mansfield, where he will now be closer to his family. He is an extremely talented player and will no doubt do well during his time at Field Mill".
Before going to Rushden last summer, the striker bagged more than 50 goals in just over 100 League apearances at Boston United, Crawley and Burton Albion.
That followed 48 goals in 53 league appaearnces in the Football League for Chester. Clare, who started his career at Grimsby, has also played at Cheltenham and Northampton.
"It's no secret that we needed a proven goalscorer and I have had to wait and be patient on this one," said Stags boss David Holdsworth.
"I am keen to keep improving our squad and know that in front of goal we can be a bit more potent and prolific.
"Daryl's record speaks for itself. His goalscoring record at this level and higher is suprb and his goals per game ratio must be among the best at most levels.
"He will give us more options in that area.
"Daryl is short on match fitness but I have done a one to one with him today and told him what I expect.
"He is buying into David Holdsworth which is great and he will travel to Cambridge with us tonight."
Clare himself told Chad: "I haven't played for about 12 weeks, not even a reserve game. But I've been trying to keep myself as fit as I can. But it could be a week or two before I will get a look in with the first team.
"But I am here with one eye on next year. I want to get my eye in , get to know everyone, knock a few in and then really have a go at it next year.
"This is still a massive club at this level and I am really looking forward to working here.
"Mansfield want to go up and I am still young enough to be part of it and score goals.
"I am ambitious to help get this club back up in the league - I have already done it a couple of times with other clubs already – and the manager and the chairman certainly are trying to them back up.
"I have had my eye on this club for a few years but it hasn't quite worked out for various reasons.
"When a young manager who is doing well comes looking for you, it makes it an easy decision. We have struck up a decent relationship though it hasn't been a quick move.
"I want to leave Rushden due to a private situation with my family which has dragged on for a month or so.
"And there has been a complication over the fee they were asking for my services. But it's sorted now and I am looking forward to it.
"I am based in Louth so I have cut my travelling time in half. As you get older, it gets more difficult to be sitting in the car all the time.
"I always think I will score in every game. I set myself a 25-goal target every season and sometimes I beat it and sometimes I fall one or two short.
"I hope I can repeat it next year and maybe the season after.
"I am not a runner and never have been so age is not a factor to my scoring goals.
"I am a thinker and I come to life around the box.
I like to shoot from everywhere so I might frustrate a few people but when one goes in I think they will forgive me.
"I already know quite a few of the lads here which helps. I know Curtis Woodhouse and Alan Marriott from Rushden, Paul Mayor from Boston and Lincoln and I know Adie Moses and Mark Stallard too. So we will soon get a bit of banter going."
Years Club App (Gls)
1995–2001 Grimsby Town 79 (9)
1999–2000 Northampton Town (loan) 10 (3)
2000 Northampton Town (loan) 4 (0)
2001 Cheltenham Town (loan) 4 (0)
2001–2002 Boston United 47 (25)
2002–2004 Chester City 62 (48)
2004–2005 Boston United 20 0(3)
2005–2006 Crawley Town 25 (11)
2006–2008 Burton Albion 88 (37)
2008–2009 Rushden & Diamonds 12 (5)
2009– Mansfield Town (loan) 0 (0)
Clare keen to maintain healthy strike rate at Stags
Saturday, March 14, 2009, 07:00Comment on this story
IT was a question posed in the Abbey Stadium press box on Tuesday night as the topic of Daryl Clare's signing for Mansfield earlier in the day inevitably cropped up.
Is there a consistently better goal-getter out there at Conference level than the man who has just signed for the Stags?
There are certainly players who have scored prolifically and then moved on to earn their fortune at a higher level, Gregg Blundell, Aaron McLean and, most famously, Barry Hayles among them.
There are also those who have done the business, like Nottingham's Justin Jackson, but have now dropped down the football pyramid.
Yet, year on year, Clare has been banging the goals in for the best part of a decade.
%3Cbody%3E%3Cdiv%20id%3D%22adDiv%22%3E%3C%('fDiv73385').innerHTML)%22%3E%3C/script%3E%3C/body%3EOf course, there are those who know their Conference history much better than we Mansfield writers who may point to others possessing a superior record.
But there is no argument that his record in the top tier of non-league football is first-class after dropping down from Football League side Grimsby.
First up, Jersey-born Clare headed for Boston, where he managed 25 goals in 46 starts.
Next he went to Chester City where he registered an even more impressive 48 in 53 games over the course of two years.
A brief return to Boston yielded three goals in 14 games before his next stop was Crawley, where he bagged 11 in 25.
Another successful period came under Nigel Clough at Burton where he hit 37 goals in 81 games.
For the start of this campaign, Clare joined Rushden and big things were expected of him. As it has turned out the hitman rarely featured.
But he has still managed five goals in the ten starts he has made, suggesting he has not lost that uncanny knack of finding the back of the net.
The obvious question to ask is can 30-year-old Clare continue to regularly add at Mansfield to his goal tally of approaching 150 senior goals?
If the player himself is anything to go by then the answer is certainly 'yes.'
The one thing any goalscorer cannot lack is confidence in their own ability – and Clare has that in bucketloads.
"I set myself a target of 25 goals every season; sometimes I beat it and sometimes I am a couple off it," he said.
"I think I am a thinker really. I do a lot of work with my brain. I come to life in the box and I do like to shoot from everywhere.
"It might frustrate a few people, but when it goes in they usually forgive you.
"I'm not a big runner and never have been, so I don't think my age is going to be a factor."
It has been a tough time for Clare, who has been frozen out of the first team picture at parent club Rushden and Diamonds since requesting a transfer in January to be close to his family.
The Northants club made things even more frustrating by demanding money for the striker from any club who wanted to obtain his signature.
But having signed at Field Mill for the rest of the season with a view to a permanent move, Clare is looking forward to getting regular action.
He said: "It was a private situation with my family that kept me from playing which dragged on for a month.
"Then there was a complication over the transfer fee Rushden were asking for me.
"It could have been that I did not play again this season. I just could have sat there.
"But it is resolved now and I am really looking forward to playing for Mansfield because they are a massive club at this level.
"I might be a couple of weeks away from the first team, but I have got one eye on next year."
Already Clare has spoken of his admiration for what new boss David Holdsworth has achieved in a short space of time at the Stags and feels the move suits him down to the ground.
"We have struck up a good relationship already, even though it has been a long-awaited move," he said.
"I felt it was the right time to cut ties and start afresh. I live in Louth so it is going to cut my travelling time in half."
He said: "I do know a few of the boys, which I hope will help me settle in."
Now all Clare wants at Mansfield is to maintain his reputation as a penalty box predator to be feared.
Daryl Clare joins Mansfield
Daryl Clare has today joined Mansfield Town on loan until the end of the season, where the move will then be made permanent.
The Striker signed for the Diamonds in pre-season, but then a broken jaw led to a delay in him playing in the Blue Square Premier. After a brief stint in the team, Clare then expressed his desire over the Christmas period to move to another Club, which would be allow him to be nearer to his family home, for personal reasons.
Club Secretary Matt Wild commented “We are pleased that an agreement has finally been reached between all parties that will finally put this matter to bed. It has been a very drawn out affair not helped by the arbitration hearing last month. We, of course, wish Daryl all the very best at Mansfield, where he will now be closer to his family. He is an extremely talented Player and will no doubt do well during his time at Field Mill”.
CLARE'S OFF TO MANSFIELD
Rushden & Diamonds' striker Daryl Clare has joined Blue Square Premier rivals Mansfield Town on loan until the end of the season, where the move will then be made permanent.
Clare (pictured) signed for the Diamonds in pre-season, but then a broken jaw led to a delay in him playing in the Blue Square Premier.
After a brief stint in the team, Clare then expressed his desire over the Christmas period to move to another club, which would be allow him to be nearer to his family home, for personal reasons.
Club secretary Matt Wild commented: “We are pleased that an agreement has finally been reached between all parties that will finally put this matter to bed.
“It has been a very drawn out affair not helped by the arbitration hearing last month. We, of course, wish Daryl all the very best at Mansfield, where he will now be closer to his family.
“He is an extremely talented player and will no doubt do well during his time at Field Mill.”
Clare joins Stags on loan
10 March 2009
Former Rushden & Diamonds striker Daryl Clare has today joined Mansfield Town on loan until the end of the season.
Clare signed for Diamonds last summer but a broken jaw led to a delay in him playing in the Blue Square Premier.
After a brief stint in the team, Clare then expressed his desire over the Christmas period to move to a club nearer his north Lincolnshire home after his wife suffered a serious illness.
He has now agreed terms with Mansfield until the end of the season and the move is likely to be made permanent in the summer.
Diamonds club secretary Matt Wild said: "We are pleased that an agreement has finally been reached between all parties that will finally put this matter to bed.
"It has been a very drawn out affair not helped by the arbitration hearing last month.
"We, of course, wish Daryl all the very best at Mansfield, where he will now be closer to his family.
"He is an extremely talented player and will no doubt do well during his time at Field Mill".
9 March 2009
Anthony Howell, signed by David Holdsworth from his former club Ilkeston, has joined Alfreton Town on loan.
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