STAGS SIGN GARY MILLS FROM STEVENAGE
26 May 2009
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Creative midfielder bolsters Stags' squad
CHAD.co.uk, 26 May 2009
CREATIVE midfielder Gary Mills has rejected a contract offer from Stevenage Borough to sign for Mansfield Town this afternoon on a two-year deal.
The 28-year-old began his career at Rushden & Diamonds in 1999 and made more than 120 appearances for the Nene Park outfit, scoring nearly 40 goals.
He had subsequent spells at Crawley, Tamworth, and more recently Stevenage Borough - where he playADVERTISEMENTed 37 times last season.
After signing a two year contract this afternoon, Mills told mansfieldtown.net:"I see Mansfield as a Football League club.I was very impressed with what the manager had to say to me.
"He was totally honest and I know what he expects from both me and the squad."
"I already know Rob Duffy and Luke Graham, and Rob told me that this was the place to be. But in truth, it didn't need much selling."
Stags sign Mills
Evening Post, May 26, 2009
MANSFIELD Town have today clinched the signing of attacking midfielder Gary Mills on a two-year deal.
The Stags say the 28-year-old has turned down a new deal at Stevenage Borough to come to Field Mill.
“I was very impressed with what the manager had to say to me,” said Mills. “He was totally honest and I know what he expects from both me and the squad.
“I already know Rob Duffy and Luke Graham, and Rob told me that this was the place to be. But in truth, it didn't need much selling.”
Sheppey-born Mills began his career at Rushden and Diamonds in 1999 and went on to make more than 100 appearances, scoring twice.
He signed for Crawley in the summer of 2006 but later in the campaign moved back to Rushden for a second spell before turning out for Tamworth.
The 5ft 9ins tall player linked up with Stevenage last summer and made 34 appearances in all competitions.
Mills' season ended in style as he picked up an FA Trophy winners medal as Boro beat York 2-0 at Wembley.
Meanwhile, Mansfield have arranged their second home friendly, taking on League One Hartlepool United at Field Mill on Saturday August 1.
Stags swoop for Stevenage's Mills
BBC.co.uk, 26 May 2009
Mansfield Town have signed Stevenage Borough midfielder Gary Mills on a two-year contract.
Mills, 28, turned down the offer of a new deal at Stevenage to link up with Stags boss David Holdsworth.
The former Rushden midfielder said: "I see Mansfield as a Football League club. I was very impressed with what the manager had to say."
Mills becomes Holdsworth's fourth new signing of the summer, in addition to the capture of loanee Daryl Clare.
Clare has completed a permanent switch from Rushden & Diamonds after ending the season on loan at Field Mill, while Luke Jones, Jake Speight and Luke Graham are the other new arrivals.
Mills signs for Mansfield
26 May 2009, thecomet.net
Gary Mills has signed a two-year deal at Mansfield after rejecting a contract offer to stay at Stevenage Boro next season.
The 28-year-old struggled to settle at The Lamex Stadium and has decided to seek pastures new following the arrival of Joel Byrom from Northwich Victoria.
Mills told the official Mansfield website that it wasn't a difficult decision to make the move.
"I see Mansfield as a Football League club. I was very impressed with what the manager had to say to me.
"He was totally honest and I know what he expects from both me and the squad.
"I already know Rob Duffy and Luke Graham, and Rob told me that this was the place to be. But in truth, it didn't need much selling.
Holdsworth plays power game at Stags
Evening Post, May 25, 2009
LUKE Jones will not be the only powerhouse to join Mansfield Town this summer, insists boss David Holdsworth.
The Mansfield boss was attracted to the 22-year-old former Shrewsbury and Kidderminster man because of his size and physical presence.
He believes those attributes are vital for a Blue Square Premier team to be successful.
"The team I put together for next season will be stronger," said Holdsworth.
"I have been studying the championship for 20 years and I think as you filter through the leagues, it is no surprise that pace and power get you out.
"I changed it straight away when I arrived here by raising the height of the team.
"You have to be tactically astute and now we are great at set pieces, and we can improve, which will help us win more matches next season.
"But you also have to be able to win the physical battle and I want players capable of coping with that in my squad.
"If you look at Stevenage in the FA Trophy final, they were strong and their big man (Steve Morison) scored, was the best player on the pitch and it is no surprise to see him moving on.
"We already have a couple of young payers who could follow and go on to play at a higher level."
Stags boss buoyed by Mills and Clare deals
Evening Post, May 30, 2009
GARY Mills can be a gem of a signing for Mansfield Town, says boss David Holdsworth.
The 28-year-old midfielder turned down a new deal at Stevenage, where he won the FA Trophy, to sign for the Stags.
Holdsworth is adamant the former Rushden and Tamworth player will quickly win over the Field Mill faithful after signing a two-year deal.
"I think he will be a good player for this club and I don't want to be in a position where I have to re-negotiate again next year," he said.
"The boy wanted to come and effectively took a pay cut from Stevenage to do it. I'm delighted he's prepared to do that.
"I think the fans will be pleased with what they see from him.
"It's important that players are of a good age but still have the experience and he also has a good character as well."
Holdsworth believes Mills will blend in well.
He said: "Gary brings a lot of technical ability, but he also has bite in the tackle and has an eye for the pass.
"We recognised when we brought Ollie Hotchkiss in that It is an advantage to have a ball player.
"He has a wealth of experience and has been playing at a decent club and I'm delighted to see of players of that ilk playing here."
Holdsworth also feels he has done another smart piece of business in capturing hitman Daryl Clare.
He said: "Daryl does what it says on the tin. We need a 20 goals-plus man and he has a good past record."
Stags have appointed former Bolton and Notts County defender Mike Whitlow as their head of youth development.
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