ARNOLD SET TO LEAVE
Arnold poised to leave Stags
Evening Post, May 18, 2009
NATHAN Arnold is set to leave Mansfield Town, manager David Holdsworth confirmed today.
The Stags boss has attempted to negotiate a new deal with the winger, but the two parties have failed to reach an agreement.
It means Arnold, 21, is likely to be turning out for a new club come August as his current contract expires shortly.
Arnold came through the youth ranks at Field Mill and made his debut for the Stags as a teenager in 2005 in a Football League Trophy game against Hereford.
He has since clocked up 104 league appearances for the club, scoring 13 times.
"I have sat down with Nathan and we haven't finalised anything, so I'm now looking at other opportunities," said Holdsworth.
"I have got a lot of time for Nathan. From what I heard before I came he didn't always play to his abilities.
"Certainly his performances have improved under me and it would have been nice to carry that on, but that's life.
"I'm sure he will go on to do well for himself and I wish him well.
"But I have to be realistic with my budget and the players have to understand that."
Arnold to move on as Holdsworth homes in on new faces?
CHAD.co.uk., 18 May 2009 , By John Lomas
NATHAN Arnold may have played his last game for Mansfield Town as he continues to hold off signing a new deal and boss David Holdsworth homes in on new signings.
Holdsworth has a series of promising talks with players on his wanted list this week that could see him spend virtually all of his budget and have 95 per cent of his squad in place.
And, after two unsuccessful sets of talks to persuade Arnold to stay, the Stags boss may now look elsewhere.
"We have sat down and spoken again but still come to no agrement," said Holdsworth.
"I do like Nathan - he is a great lad. But I have to manage my budget levels and players must understand it is not personal.
"You have to want to be at this club and understand we are not the biggest payers. Sometimes the grass is not always greener.
"I am not sure where Nathan wants to go but we will have to wait and see if anyone comes in for him. I have given him another opportunity to sign for us, but if he wants to move on there is no problem."
He added: "With all due respect to Nathan, I may have spent my budget by the end of this week.
"Players are now coming out of the woodwork and I have some very healthy situations. I could have virtually my whole squad for next season, including wingers.
"I am in talks with a certain amount of players and have some very attractive meetings lined up this week. If all the homework I have done comes off and I get the players I want then that will be 95 per cent of my squad.
"I am rubbing the genie of the lamp as hard as I can."
Holdsworth may take another look at trial players
Evening Post, May 18, 2009
LUKE Easton and Martin McBride are among those in David Holdsworth's thoughts as the Mansfield Town manager bids to strengthen his midfield for next season.
Both men were on trial at Field Mill last season.
McBride travelled down from Stranraer soon after Holdsworth arrived at Field Mill, while Easton played a reserve game for the club at the end of last season against Shrewsbury.
"McBride is coming down with two others now he is out of contract," said Holdsworth. "He is a very talented player and he wants to play for me.
"He reminds me of Adam Drury at Stevenage, who plays just off the striker or in a forward midfield role."
Holdsworth has already secured the services of Rob Duffy and Jake Speight in attack for next season. But he wants three more hit-men in his squad – "two big men, one who is flexible and two more who are box players," he said.
"You need big players who can win the first ball in this league."
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