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30th June 2010 20:37

Stags silent on Silk interest
Evening Post, 22 June 2010

MANSFIELD Town defender Gary Silk is attracting interest from League One Carlisle United, the Post understands.


The right-back had another excellent campaign for the Stags in 2008-2009 and is under contract for the coming season, having signed a two-year deal last summer.

He is the kind of consistent performer manager David Holdsworth would love to build his side around.

But should Carlisle firm up their interest, it would be a tempting move for the 25-year-old. Silk already has Football League experience with the likes of Wycombe, Boston and Notts County, after coming through the ranks at Portsmouth.

And Holdsworth has always insisted he will not stand in the way of players who have the chance at a higher level.

Assistant-manager Duncan Russell declined to comment on whether the Cumbrians had made enquiries.


Carlisle News and Star website:
Carlisle United, meanwhile, are distancing themselves from reported interest in Mansfield Town right-back Gary Silk.

Stags assistant-manager Duncan Russell had previously refused to comment on whether the Blues were showing an interest in the 25-year-old.

Right-back is a priority position for manager Greg Abbott after the departures of Richard Keogh and David Raven.


Stags striker Speight attracting interest
Evening Post, 24 June 2010

STEVENAGE, Luton and Cheltenham are the latest clubs to be linked with Mansfield Town's in-demand striker Jake Speight.


The diminutive hitman ended the last campaign as the Stags' top scorer with 17 goals but he handed in a transfer request, frustrated at not being offered improved terms.

Mansfield initially vowed to take up a one-year option written into Speight's contract when he first signed.

However, they have since offered him a fresh deal on better terms, although he has yet to put pen to paper.

That has alerted other clubs, who have been impressed with Speight's pace, power and finishing capabilities.

But the asking price could be the biggest stumbling block to any team making an approach for the 24-year-old.

Carlisle United were understood to have made inquiries, only to be put off by the size of the fee.

Stags boss David Holdsworth rates his goal ace in the same bracket as former Stevenage man Steve Morison.

Morison left Broadhall Way last summer for £130,000 to join League One Millwall.


Cheltenham Town boss Mark Yates has ruled out a move for Mansfield Town's highly-rated striker Jake Speight.

Speight ended last season as the Stags' top scorer with 17 goals but he handed in a transfer request, frustrated at not being offered impoved terms.

"There is nothing in that," Yates said.

"I know Jake and I have spoken to his agent, but the fact a fee is involved puts us out of the equation and he would have been a gamble."

This was taken from the This is Gloucestershire website.



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