Stags' Mills showing true colours
Evening Post, March 29, 2010
DAVID Holdsworth is delighted with the way Gary Mills is now showing his true colours for Mansfield Town.
The midfielder enjoyed an excellent pre-season, but has failed to reproduce that form for much of the campaign.
At one stage Mills was even made available for loan after being replaced as skipper by Luke Foster.
But the former Stevenage man has resurrected his Field Mill career in recent weeks with a number of authoritative displays.
"It was another very good performance from Gary Mills at Kettering on Saturday," said manager Holdworth.
"There are some players really in form and he is one of those. He had a tough start at Mansfield with injury, struggling to find his feet and being sent off.
"He has taken time to bed in but in recent weeks he has shown the fans what he is all about."
The Stags have arranged a behind-closed-doors friendly with Doncaster Rovers tomorrow to give fringe players a much-needed run-out.
But neither of injured duo Luke Jones (ankle) and Ollie Hotchkiss (stomach and ankle will play).
Hldsworth said: "Luke is stepping up his comeback, but this game has come too early for him.
"Ollie has pulled a stomach muscle in his rib in doing his rehab. It's frustrating because we know what a wonderful player he is."
Holdsworth determined to keep Speight at Stags
Evening Post, March 30, 2010
DAVID Holdsworth will do everything in his power to keep Jake Speight at Mansfield Town next season.
The livewire striker is reported to be the target of a number of Football League clubs, including Sheffield Wednesday and Sheffield United, where he was a trainee.
Speight has notched 13 goals, despite missing a chunk of the season through knee surgery.
He has also put in a string of impressive performances that have seen him become a massive crowd favourite.
Last summer, Speight signed a one-year deal with the option of a second – and Holdsworth has already announced he intends to take that up.
"From my point of view it is great if Jake is attracting the attention of League clubs because it means he is doing well for us," he said.
"It has been frustrating not to have him on the pitch more often, but when he has been, he has done well.
"I have had no official interest from anyone at this moment in time, it's just speculation.
"He is under contract for next season – so it proved to be a good business to put the option in when we first signed him.
"We would certainly like to extend Jake's deal further within the structure we have in place at the club because we want to keep our best players.
"I have a determination to keep him here and, as I have said before, we have an excellent working relationship.
"But like any other club at this level, we are in a business where money can talk."
Meanwhile, Holdsworth concedes Saturday's frustrating draw with Kettering means it's now 'the top five's to lose' in the race for the Blue Square Premier play-offs.
He said: "The frustrating thing is we could easily be four points better off after the last two games and then it would have looked really interesting."
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