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24th September 2009 20:17

Winger Thornton to train with Stags for one month
CHAD.co.uk, 18 September 2009
By Stephen Thirkill
FORMER Coventry midfielder Kevin Thornton will train with Mansfield Town for one month as he bids to win a contract at the club.


The Irishman (23), who made more than 50 appearances during four seasons with Coventry, is currently without a club after being released in July.

Thornton, who made a number of loan appearances for Brighton last season, came through the ranks at Coventry but failed to build on his early promise at the Ricoh Arena.

The end of his career at the Championship club was also blighted with a 22 month conviction for drink driving by the city's magistrates in June 2009.

But Holdsworth is hoping Thornton will show Mansfield Town what he can do and recapture his early promise as he attempts to re-build his career.

Said Holdsworth: "Kevin will train with us for a month. He needs to improve his fitness levels.

"It just shows what can happen in football when circumstances intervene, but he is a very talented player and we are delighted that he wants to join Mansfield Town.

"He is a Championship player and someone who could be very useful to us in the future."


Heggs backs Mansfield hot shot Bradley
PADDY DAVITT, 18/09/2009


King's Lynn boss Carl Heggs yesterday backed Mansfield loan signing Jason Bradley to fill the void left by injured top scorer Gareth Sheldon.

Bradley is poised for his Linnets' debut in tomorrow's Unibond Premier Division home fixture against Bradford PA after agreeing an initial three month switch.

Heggs has also clinched a one month loan deal for long time Leicester target Lathanial Rowe-Turner and the 19-year-old defender will also feature at The Walks - subject to club officials completing the paperwork.

The Linnets' chief also made inquiries for Burton hitman Aaron Brown and Bradley's Stags' team mate Daryl Clare as he bids to beef up his squad following a trio of midweek departures. Rushden youngster Bobby Aisien made his debut in Tuesday's Buxton defeat while Heggs has made seven day approaches for a central midfielder and wide player.

“We've had a few knock backs along the way but my persistence has paid off,” said Heggs. “David Holdsworth at Mansfield has been good as gold. Jason is a fine young prospect who had a few injuries last season but David is doing me a massive favour. He scored something like 18 goals in 16 games at this level for Buxton when he was 18 and he's been out at Darlington and Newport as well.

“I did ask about Clare because he had not been playing regularly and Mansfield would have helped us out on the financial side but as soon as he heard we were in the Unibond he didn't want to know. Losing Shelly is a massive blow and we need players of this calibre to come in and do us a job short term.”



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