SPEIGHT AT STAGS FOR 12 MORE MONTHS + GREGORY
Striker Gregory signs extended contract
mansfieldtown.net, Mon 26 Apr 2010
Hot prospect Lee Gregory has today penned a new one year deal with us.
The 21 year old frontman has bagged 23 goals this season whilst on loan at Glapwell, Harrogate Town and more recently, Halifax.
After putting pen to paper he told mansfieldtown.net: "I am very pleased to be signing. The club looked after me last year and I know it will do the same this year. It is a good club.
"Last season has been an experience for me and this year I will be hoping to push on."
Said boss David Holdsworth: "I am delighted to secure Lee's services for a further year. He is a bright prospect who has had a very good season whilst under our guidance in training.
"I hope he can continue to progress at his current rate, under my guidance."
Gregory, a former electrician, was signed last summer from Staveley Miners Welfare.
Boss hopes Stags striker Gregory can follow Speight
Evening Post, May 07, 2010
MANSFIELD Town boss David Holdsworth is hoping Lee Gregory can follow in the footsteps of Jake Speight.
The 21-year-old striker has agreed a new deal with the Stags for next season, having hit 23 goals on loan at Glapwell, Harrogate Town and Halifax.
Gregory is still a relative unknown – as Speight was when he arrived at Field Mill from Droylsden before going on to grab 17 goals in the season just over.
But Stags boss Holdsworth hopes the ex-Staveley man's star will rise and said: "I like to feel that I monitor the lower leagues, as I did with Jake.
"Lee is a very good prospect and goalscorer. Hopefully he will get a run in pre-season and we will see where we are at."
Holdsworth: Any price has to be right for Speight
Evening Post, May 05, 2010
JAKE Speight will only be allowed to leave Mansfield Town for a sizeable fee, manager David Holdsworth insisted today.
The striker handed in a transfer request after the last game of the season against Kidderminster Harriers in which he scored a hat-trick to finish as the club's top scorer with 17 goals.
The Stags have an option in his original deal signed last summer to keep him at Field Mill on the same terms.
But Speight is unhappy no improved contract has been agreed, meaning he is not being paid over the summer.
Holdsworth said: "We hope to sit down with Jake and his advisers and establish a way forward," he said.
"The chairman and I want Jake to stay and be happy. He is under contract for next season but we are perhaps looking to extend that deal.
"We haven't had any concrete bids for Jake. There are maybe four or five League clubs that are said to have been monitoring his progress.
"But I would put him up there with Steve Morison (who joined Millwall from Stevenage for £130,000 last summer) because I believe he could play in League One."
Luke Foster has apologised 'sincerely' for comments made on a social network criticising the club.
Holdsworth confirmed the central defender has been internally disciplined.
Speight at Stags for 12 more months
mansfieldtown.net, Mon 26 Apr 2010
Contrary to press reports, we are delighted to announce that we have re-engaged a clause in Jake Speight's contract, which gives him a further 12 months at Field Mill.
The 24 year old signed from Droylsden a year ago, and has since scored 17 goals in 17 starts, appearing 19 times off the subs' bench.
Stags joint owner Steve Hymas wrote on the Stagsnet messageboard on Sun April 25:
Jake Speight is under contract to Mansfield Town Football Club for another year.However in his contract he is not paid through the summer as is the normal case with thousands of non-league players.These things are in black and white when the contract is signed.We do value Jake as a player and have shown this by paying for an operation on his leg and nursing him back to fitness with regular physio and consultations.Jake has shown what he is capable of in recent weeks and we all want him to stay at Field Mill.As part of his footballing career i would have thought a full season with us playing regular and scoring goals would have boosted his earning potential in coming years.We will sit down with Jake in the coming week and discuss the situation.
Fight to keep Speight, urges Stags keeper
Evening Post, April 27, 2010
MANSFIELD Town must do everything in their power to keep Jake Speight, goalkeeper Alan Marriott insisted today.
The Stags' 17-goal top scorer put in a transfer request after Saturday's final game of the season against Kidderminster, in which he netted a hat-trick.
The striker is unhappy he has not been offered a new deal after being one of the club's stand-out performers this season.
Instead, Mansfield have indicated they want to take up a one-year option they have on the player on the same terms.
Speight is said to be on the radar of several Football League clubs, including Sheffield Wednesday and Carlisle.
But Marriott, who won several player of the year awards and is signed up with the club for the next two seasons, says Stags must try to keep hold of players of his calibre.
"Everyone knows what a good player Jake is and if someone gives him a crack at a higher level I'm sure he would do well," he said.
"He has made a serious impression. He has worked extremely hard and now he is reaping the rewards.
"But it would be a massive blow if we lost him. He's someone the boss signed on a free and doesn't come around very often. We have got two big target men (Rob Duffy and Kyle Perry) and Blair (Sturrock) who is good playing in the hole.
"Jake just gives you that different option with his pace and power and can cause pandemonium. It's quite rare that players can change a game at this level, but he can."
Marriott, meanwhile, will play in Bank Holiday Monday's benefit match in memory of his former boss at Lincoln, Keith Alexander, who died last month.
He said: "I'll be playing half a game because there was 20 to 25 of his old team wanting to play – and that speaks volumes about how much people like Keith.
"I'm good friends with Keith's son, so I'm quite close to the family.
"Paul Ince has put together a great team of stars to play against."
Somner: Stags must clean up their act
Evening Post, April 28, 2010
MATT Somner says it cannot harm Mansfield Town's cause to sharpen up on their discipline.
The Stags had the third worst card count in the Blue Square Premier in the season just finished with 84 yellows and seven reds.
Only Wrexham (95/8) and Grays (102/8) had worse records as David Holdsworth's men trailed cleanest side AFC Wimbledon (47/3) by a long way.
Midfielder Somner says that is something the players must look to improve on because losing players to suspension hashindered Mansfield's progress.
"I didn't realise our record was that bad and it doesn't help," he said.
"You want to keep your team together and having people suspended breaks it up.
"I would say that some of those red cards, perhaps a quarter, have been harsh.
"The problem is that in our league, the referees are not fantastic and can get things wrong.
"But, at the same time, we need to sharpen up with it and not give referees reasons to give out cards."
Somner is one of a host of players who have already agreed terms for next season.
He believes the continuity that will bring can only help the Stags as they look to secure a play-off spot.
Somner said: "It's a case of writing the second half of this season off and going again.
"Most of the squad have already signed which is an advantage. The team spirit is good.
"I don't know about the budget for new players, but I do think the longer players are together the better understanding they have.
"It's good to have a settled side, which makes you better organised and tighter as a unit.
"Stevenage have had continuity. Every year they seem to have largely the same players. They have stuck with them and it has worked for them.
"If that's the route we go down, I don't see why it can't work for us."