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30th June 2010 20:40


Steve Foster makes Field Mill return
mansfieldtown.net, Fri 28 May 2010

Sought-after defender Steve Foster has returned to his roots by signing a one year deal with us today.


The 35 year old, who started here as a trainee in the early 1990s, has racked up over 600 appearances in a career lasting almost two decades.

He is best known from his days at Bristol Rovers and Doncaster Rovers, where he was a key figure in two successive promotions with the Yorkshire club. In 2007, he lifted the title with Scunthorpe United.

Steve said: "I am delighted to be here. As a Mansfield supporter, I know how much this club means to the fans and the community.

"I managed to see the Stags away at Gateshead last season and sat with them in the pouring rain on a wet and windy Tuesday December night. They are desperate for this club to be back in the Football League and so am I," he added.

Manager David Holdsworth told mansfieldtown.net: "Steve has a wealth of experience and will bring a great determination and knowledge to our defence. His leadership qualities will shine through."


Experienced left back signs
mansfieldtown.net, Fri 28 May 2010

Veteran defender Kevin Sandwith has today put pen to paper on a one year deal.


He becomes the second defender to sign this afternoon, following the capture of Steve Foster an hour ago.

The 32 year old, who began his career with Carlisle United, has made over 300 appearances in a career spanning 15 years.

He lists seven other clubs on his CV including Oxford United, where he played last season, making 22 appearances.

Manager David Holdsworth told http://www.mansfieldtown.net: "Along with Chris Smith, Kevin shows the attributes of reliability and durability. He brings great knowledge to our back four."

"He is a focused and professional individual," he added.


Foster 'comes home' to sign for first club Mansfield Town
Evening Post, 28 May 2010

STEVE Foster has today re-signed for hometown side Mansfield Town – the club where he started his professional career.


The vastly experienced central defender has agreed a one-year deal at Field Mill.
Foster, 35, has made more than 500 senior Football League appearances for Bristol Rovers, Doncaster and Darlington.
He also played for Telford and Woking at Conference level before joining the Pirates for £150,000.
Foster began his career as a Mansfield apprentice during George Foster's tenure as manager and turned pro with them in 1993.
But he was released in May 1994 and joined his namesake at Telford to learn his trade, before moving back into the Football League.
"It's great to finally get the opportunity to play for the club I supported as a boy," said Foster.
"Things have totally changed since I was last here, but I think for the better.
"I think there is already a very good squad in place and we have some exciting times ahead.
"As a Mansfield supporter, I know how much this club means to the fans and the community.
"I managed to see the Stags away at Gateshead last season and sat with them in the pouring rain on a wet and windy Tuesday December night.
"They are desperate for this club to be back in the Football League and so am I."
Delighted manager David Holdsworth added: "Steve brings experience and a voice and is exactly what we needed.
"We identified at the back was an area we needed to strengthen and we have done that with him coming in."


Sandwith joins Foster in making Stags switch
Evening Post, 28 May 2010

KEVIN Sandwith has become Mansfield Town's second signing today after joining from Oxford United.


The well-travelled left-back, 32, has signed a one-year deal with the Stags.
Workington-born Sandwith began his career as a Carlisle trainee before spells at Telford, Doncaster and Halifax.
He later played for Lincoln, Macclesfield, Chester and Weymouth before joining the Us in February 2009.
Sandwith, released at the Kassam Stadium at the end of the season, follows central defender Steve Foster into Field Mill and is the club's fourth summer signing.
Manager David Holdsworth is hoping he has found the ideal man to fill the role largely shared by Craig Armstrong, Paul Heckingbottom and Andy Nicholas last season.
"I have been working extremely hard to secure these latest two signings, so I'm very pleased," said Holdsworth.
"Kevin has got a wealth of experience, good legs to get forward and he will make sure people in front of him work hard.
"We were too loose on the left side last season and Kevin can help us tighten up there."


Mansfield Town sign Steve Foster and Kevin Sandwith
BBC.co.uk, 28 May 2010

Mansfield Town have re-signed veteran defender Steve Foster and recruited former Oxford left-back Kevin Sandwith.


Foster started out at Town but left 17 years ago and was at Bristol Rovers, Doncaster, Scunthorpe, Darlington and most recently Blyth Spartans.

The 35-year-old said: "As a Mansfield supporter, I know how much this club means to the fans and the community."

Sandwith, 32, was released by Oxford following their Blue Square Premier play-off final win.

Manager David Holdsworth said: "Steve will bring a great determination and knowledge to our defence.

"Kevin shows the attributes of reliability and durability. He brings great knowledge to our back four."

The free transfer deals will both go through on 1 July.


Stags complete double swoop
CHAD.co.uk, 27 May 2010, By John Lomas
MANSFIELD Town today have entered the transfer market to shore up their defence with the capture of two highly-experienced defenders on one-year deals.


Steve Foster returns to the club after 17 years away playing mostly at a higher level, while veteran left-back and free-kick specialist Keith Sandwith has also put pen to paper.

A 35-year-old Mansfield-born centre half, Foster left relegated Darlington after a dispute over his contract and ended the season in the colours of Blyth Spartans.

He began his career as a youngster with Stags but was released after five games, moving on to Conference sides Telford and Woking before a League return with Bristol Rovers where he amassed 237 appearances.

He then played over 130 games for Doncaster, helping them to successive promotions from the Conference to League One.

In the summer of 2007 he turned down the chance to play Championship football with Scunthorpe, instead joining former Doncaster boss Dave Penney at Darlington where he skippered them for two seasons.

But with Penney gone and the cash-stricken Quakers now relegated to the Conference, he has finally turned up at his hometown club after many summers of rumours among Mansfield fans that he would be coming home.

With Stags captain and namesake Luke Foster shown the door over Facebook comments on the club last week, Steve Foster also looks a good candidate for the vacant skipper's role.

Workington-born Sandwith (32), who can also play in midfield, started out with Carlisle United before moving on to Telford, Doncaster, Halifax, Lincoln, Macclesfield, Chester and Weymouth before joining Oxford in February 2009.

Although signed as a versatile left back, Sandwith's left foot delivery of free kicks and corners will be a huge boost to Stags going forward.

The pair double the signings made by Mansfield this week with winger Adam Smith and defender Chris Smith already having put pen to paper


Stags squad taking shape, says boss Holdsworth
Evening Post, 29 May 2010

DAVID Holdsworth feels his squad is starting to take shape after securing the 'quality signings' of Steve Foster and Kevin Sandwith.


Central defender Foster, 35, returns to the club where he came through the ranks in 1993 under namesake George.
He has since made more than 500 senior appearances for the likes of Bristol Rovers, Doncaster, Scunthorpe and Darlington.
Left-back Sandwith, 32, also has vast experience with Macclesfield, Chester and Lincoln among others, and joins from Oxford United.
"There has been a lot of ground work gone into getting these two players here and they are both quality signings," said manager Holdsworth.
"They both had other options, but have bought into what we are trying to do here. It's starting to come together.
"Steve is a local lad who is passionate about the club and his experience and leadership will go down well.
"Kevin is someone I tried to bring in last season at Christmas time and will bring dependability down the left."
Foster added: "I've always wanted to come back and play at Mansfield, who I supported as a boy. It's just taken a little longer than I might have expected!"
Both players have agreed one-year deals.


Foster: Sandwith has what it takes for success at Field Mill
Evening Post, 29 June 2010

KEVIN Sandwith has all the attributes to make him a stand-out success at Mansfield Town.


That's the view of fellow new-boy defender Steve Foster, who has returned to his roots after coming through the youth ranks at Field Mill.
The two players were together at Doncaster Rovers for part of the 2002-2003 season, which saw the Yorkshire club win the Conference play-offs.
And Foster has seen enough to be confident the former, Oxford, Chester and Lincoln left-back can shine in his new surroundings, having signed a one-year deal.
Craig Armstrong, Paul Heckingbottom and Andy Nicholas shared the role last season.
"He's a very good left-back and has probably got one of the best left foots I have seen at lower league level," said Foster.
"He can really strike a ball well, put in a good cross and he is also a great lad to have around the dressing room.
"I think the gaffer has managed to find someone who really knows what he is doing and he will prove to be a great signing for the club."
Mansfield boss David Holdsworth is on the look-out for a new captain following the departure of Luke Foster, who has joined Stevenage on a two-year deal.
Fellow new defender Chris Smith, skipper at former club Tamworth, has indicated he would been keen on the job. But locally-born Foster would also be thrilled to get the nod.
He said: "If the opportunity to become captain comes along then it would be fantastic and I would be hugely proud."



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