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26th January 2010 17:28

13 January 2010

Stags sign Hotchkiss --->

Hotchkiss delighted to be here --->
Ollie Hotchkiss has revealed to mansfieldtown.net how he rejected advances from other clubs to join the Stags until the end of the season.


The 20-year-old midfielder signed a permanent deal only this morning keeping him here for the remainder of the season following the termination of his contract with Leeds and said that he was unprepared to listen to any other offers due largely to the efforts of manager David Holdsworth who drove up to Yorkshire in order to secure his signature.

He said: "I'm absolutely delighted. It's what I wanted to do from the very start.

"Everything has gone smoothly and the Manager has been fantastic throughout this situation.

"There were afew other clubs interested in me but the Gaffer has shown faith in me so I was only ever going to go to Mansfield Town FC.

"This is an incredible place to be playing football right now."

Hotchkiss has made four starts and two substitute appearances since joining us on loan for a second time in October and grabbed a goal against Gateshead last month. He insists that he is determined to cement his place in Holdsworth's first time plans despite some heavy competition for the central midfield berth from the likes of Jon Challinor, Matt Somner, Gary Mills and Michael Brough.

"I am confident of keeping my place in the side and of course will be looking to kick on for the second half of the season," he added.

"I am here to help get this club promoted and promotion would definitely be great going through the play offs at Wembley."


Stags sign Hotchkiss full-time
CHAD.co.uk, 13 January 2010
Ollie Hotchkiss today signed for Mansfield Town until the end of the season.


The 20-year-old's contract at Leeds United has now terminated.

Hotchkiss originally joined on loan from Leeds for a second loan spell at Field Mill in October, and has since made four starts and two substitute appearances.

He has impressed in central midfield and bagged himself a goal away at Gateshead at the start of last month.

Manager David Holdsworth drove up to Leeds today to capture his signature and, after doing so, told mansfieldtown.net: "I am absolutely delighted to have Ollie with us on a permanent basis and I am very pleased he has decided to join us now at this stage in his career.

"It is never easy to leave a club for which you have been playing for so long, but it is testament to our football club that he has chosen to sign for us.

"I have a great relationship with Ollie and am delighted to keep him."


Stags still chasing new blood
Evening Post, January 14, 2010

MANSFIELD Town are still optimistic of making a new signing before Saturday's trip to AFC Wimbledon.
The Stags have this week added Ollie Hotchkiss to their squad for the rest of the season following two successful loan spells.


But boss David Holdsworth is chasing a completely new face and has spent much of this morning in negotiations.
"We are very positive about bringing someone in before the weekend and we hope to hear by the end of today or tomorrow," said first team coach Gareth Holmes.
"The gaffer has been working tirelessly in December and January trying to work out deals to strengthen the squad.
"Things are always interesting at this time of the year because there is competition to get the best players."
The arrival of Hotchkiss increases the fight for places in an area where Mansfield already have plenty of options.
Holmes added: "Ollie's put his faith in the gaffer and myself. It's a massive positive that he has.
"It was a big decision, having been at Leeds since he was a youngster, but he sees it as the best place to develop.
"There were clubs higher than ourselves interested in him, so it's great that he chose us.
"The ball is now in Ollie's court. He has got every chance to be a mainstay in this team, as has everyone else.
"He will have to perform to his optimum to make sure he is in the team because of the competition.
"But I see no reason why he can't improve himself and hopefully play in League Two with Mansfield eventually."


Hotchkiss commits to Mansfield
Evening Post, January 13, 2010

MANSFIELD Town have signed midfielder Ollie Hotchkiss until the end of the season.


The 20-year-old joined from Leeds for a second loan spell in October but today the Stags completed his permanent signing after his contract at Elland Road was terminated.


Ollie could be key signing - Williams
CHAD.co.uk, 14 January 2010, By John Lomas
NEW signing Ollie Hotchkiss could be a key signing for Stags according to club skipper Ryan Williams.


Hotchkiss left Leeds United this week to make his loan move to Field Mill a permanent one and Williams said: "Ollie has a great future ahead.

"Not only is he a good footballer but he is a great lad too and he is willing to learn.

"He has a good head on his shoulders and I think he will go on to do well in the game.

"Ollie is a great passer of the ball. I have a lot of time for him - he is a top man."

First team coach Gareth Holmes added: "It is a tremendous boost for the club to sign Ollie.

"Ollie expressed his thoughts and feelings to Leeds. He had been there from being a youngster and it was a big decision for him.

"So it is testament to what he thinks of this club and the management and staff that he wanted to come here as he feels it is the best step for progressing his career.

"The crowd love him as he is a ball player. He is a technician who can unlock defences with his passing range. He can be a vital player for us this season.

"Other clubs were interested so it was great for us he came here. He sees us as his best chance of going on and improving."


Stags boss rules out move for Foster
Evening Post, January 13, 2010

DAVID Holdsworth is hopeful of adding a new signing to his Mansfield Town squad today – but it will not be Oxford United's Luke Foster.


The 24-year-year-old central defender has made almost 100 appearances at the Kassam Stadium since joining the Us from Lincoln in February 2007.
That includes 21 games this term as Oxford have put themselves in contention for the Blue Square Premier title.
But Mexborough-born Foster has been made available for transfer during the January window by Us boss Chris Wilder following the arrival of Anthony Tonkin and Jake Wright.
However, his next destination will not be Field Mill – because he is out of Mansfield's price range in terms of wages.
Even so, Holdsworth has other targets and will be waiting by the telephone.
"I have made an enquiry about Luke but he is certainly beyond our means in terms of budget," said Holdsworth.
"Some clubs are willing to push the boat out, but we are not willing to here and want to stay on a sound financial footing.
"As always, it comes down to expense, but if you don't dip your toe in the water, you are never going to find out.
"I have made a bit of progress and I'm pleased with how things have gone.
"But it is just a case of waiting for responses now. It's frustrating, but hopefully it will be worth the wait."
Defender Aaron Brown has yet to start his trial after his car broke down.
The former Burton Albion player was expected for training on Monday.



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