EVENING POST LINKS STAGS WITH MATT TUBBS
Stags may bid for Salisbury striker Tubbs
Evening Post, May 31, 2010
MANSFIELD Town may move for Salisbury hitman Matt Tubbs should the Whites be relegated due to their financial problems, the Post understands.
The Conference have ruled City 'ineligible' for the 2010-2011 season after failing to fulfil all the requirements of a company voluntary agreement (CVA) when they went into administration last season.
Salisbury will be demoted from the Blue Square Bet Premier and replaced by Forest Green if their appeal against the move is unsuccessful.
If they do make the drop, they are unlikely to be able to keep Tubbs, thought to be the club's top earner.
That has already alerted the interested of York City, keen to acquire the striker who finished joint top league scorer with Richard Brodie on 26.
Now Mansfield are believed to be keeping tabs on the 25-year-old England C international and will wait to discover the fate of Salisbury before deciding whether to pursue their interest.
The Stags have a gap in their quota of strikers, with Jon Shaw joining Gateshead last week.
One player linked with Mansfield who is not on their radar is former striker Barry Conlon. The 31-year-old – who scored six goals in 17 games for the Stags in 2007 – was released by Chesterfield in March.
But boss David Holdsworth said: "I am making enquiries about a striker, but I have not spoken to Barry."
Mansfield have already made four signings – Adam Smith, Chris Smith, Steve Foster and Kevin Sandwith.
Meanwhile, released defender Michael Brough is interesting League Two new boys Stevenage.
STEVENAGE SIGN LUKE FOSTER
Stevenage FC have continued to strengthen their squad for their first season in the Football League with the signing of highly rated defender Luke Foster. Stevenage manager Graham Westley has at last got his man after attempting to sign the tough tackling defender from Oxford United during the mid-season transfer window.
Foster began his career as a trainee with Sheffield Wednesday, before playing for Lincoln City. But he is best known for his spells at Oxford United, where he played just one game short of a century, and last season at Mansfield Town
Foster joined Oxford United from Stalybridge in February 2007 and finished the 2007–08 season with Oxford's Supporters Player of the Year and Player's Player of the Year awards. He signed for Mansfield in 2010 and was appointed as club captain.
York City manager Martin Foyle nets Premier League winger Andy Haworth but Salisbury hot-shot Matt Tubbs escapes
Friday 25th June 2010
Exclusive By Dave Flett
YORK City manager Martin Foyle has missed out in a brave bid to bring Salisbury hot-shot Matt Tubbs to Bootham Crescent.
Foyle has been tracking Tubbs for several months but Crawley Town are now expected to acquire his services.
Salisbury have been demoted two divisions after ending last season in administration but the 25-year-old striker is still contracted to the Wiltshire club for the next two years.
Ambitious Crawley, though, are prepared to splash out a transfer fee for his services and offer a lucrative wage package, extinguishing the mouth-watering prospect of Tubbs lining up alongside joint 2009/10 Blue Square Bet Premier top marksman Richard Brodie for City next season.
Confirming his Tubbs inquiries, Foyle said: “I've been chasing some very good players but some have proven out of our reach.
“Matt Tubbs is somebody I was interested in even before anybody knew what was going to happen to Salisbury but it looks like he's on his way to Crawley now for £35,000 and fantastic wages.”
“Adam Smith was effective at home but we didn't really see him in away matches and Courtney Pitt was similar.
“But, then, a lot of players are a bit inconsistent at this level and that's why you have to chop and change.”
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