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21st July 2010 10:49

Thu 15 Jul 2010


STRIKER Michael Boulding is back at Oakwell and will play for free.

The 34-year-old enjoyed a spell at the Club between 2004 and 2006 and has agreed to return to Barnsley and play for free to try and earn a longer deal.

Reds boss Mark Robins told http://www.barnsleyfc.co.uk: "He played against us yesterday in a training match and did very well. Afterwards he phoned me and offered to come back to Oakwell and play for free. In this day and age and, after some of the things I have heard this summer, it is a very refreshing change to have someone offer that although Michael will have to earn whatever he gets here.

"There are a lot of games coming up in pre-season so it gives him the opportunity to stake a claim for a longer stay. I know Michael and he is a player I tried to sign at Rotherham and he deserves this opportunity.

"We are still working hard and pursuing other targets and hopefully more things will start to come together soon".

Born in Manchester, Michael started his professional career at Mansfield Town, netting 12 times in 74 matches before moving to Grimsby Town in 2001. He grabbed eleven goals in 39 games for the Mariners and earned a move into the top flight with Aston Villa 12 months later. Michael hit one goal in just two appearances and spent a seven match loan with Sheffield United before returning to Grimsby in January 2003.

His 17 goals in 42 matches at Blundell Park caught the eye of then Reds boss Gudjon Thordarson and he swapped Grimsby for Oakwell in February 2004. Ten goals in 38 games followed in a Barnsley shirt in League One as his quick feet and lightening pace endeared him to the Oakwell faithful. He spent time on loan at Cardiff City before joining Rotherham United on a free transfer in 2006.

Michael returned to Mansfield Town in August 2008 and bagged 30 goals in 93 games before signing for Bradford City two years later. He was back on the goal trail at Valley Parade, with 19 strikes in 72 games before leaving Valley Parade last summer.


Boulding welcome to return to Stags, says boss
Evening Post, 16 July 2010

MICHAEL Boulding is welcome to return to Field Mill if he does not secure a deal at Barnsley.


That's the message from Stags manager David Holdsworth after the experienced striker chose to try his luck at Oakwell.

Boulding had been on trial at Field Mill, playing in the 1-0 win over Sheffield United and scoring in Wednesday's 3-0 behind-closed-doors victory over the Tykes.

His performance has alerted Barnsley boss Mark Robins and seemingly scuppered Mansfield's hopes of bringing the 34-year-old back for a third spell.

But Holdsworth said: "The door is still open for him if it doesn't work out there, he will be welcome back here – unless I have brought in a striker or two by then."

Boulding's departure is frustrating for Holdsworth who has no fit strikers for tomorrow's clash at Frickley.

Holdsworth has ended his interest in a striker who is currently playing abroad after being quoted a transfer fee of £30,000.


Trialist Boulding leaves Stags for Barnsley chance
Evening Post, 15 July 2010
MICHAEL Boulding has left Mansfield Town to put himself in the running to join Barnsley.


The 34-year-old had impressed for the Stags in two pre-season games after joining on trial.

But after scoring in the second of those, a 3-0 win over the Tykes in a behind-closed-doors fixture yesterday, the Championship club want to have a second look.

The news comes as a disappointment to boss David Holdsworth, who was keen on bringing in Boulding for a third spell at Field Mill.

"He played very well against Barnsley, so you can see why Mark Robins wants to have a look at him," said Holdsworth.

"He wants to play at the highest level he can and I respect that.

"We have to try to attract the right players – and that is what I was trying to do here.

"Of course I'm disappointed, but that's the way it goes sometimes."


Boulding blow for striker-shy Stags
But Stags boss still hopeful he will join Mansfield in the end

CHAD.co.uk, 15 July 2010, By John Lomas
MANSFIELD Town's striker search has taken a double blow with Michael Boulding joining Barnsley on trial and Rob Duffy ruled out until he has had an appendix operation.


Boulding had been training with the Stags and travelled to Barnsley yesterday for a behind closed doors friendly match in which he scored as Stags won 3-0, Ryan Williams and trialist John Lennard with the other two.

But, after the game Bouilding apparantly rang Tykes boss Mark Robins and offered his service for free to rejoin the club he played for between 2004 and 2006.

However, the Field Mill door remains open if he cannot win himself a Tykes contract.

Bouilding had told Stags boss David Holdsworth that Mansfield was the only non-League club he would consider playing for but wanted to keep his options open as, like any player, he prefered to stay in the League.

"From a selfish point of view I am disappointed," said manager David Holdsworth.

"But we had a very clear, sincere discussion earlier this week when Michaeltold me he wanted to try to stay at as high a level as possible though was very willing to come and train with us and said we were the only non-League club he would consider signing for.

"I understand he has an opportunity now and taken it. But we may still have a shot at signing him if things don't work out up there.

"I am still hopeful and we will have to see what transpires."

There is no word on his brother Rory, though there are rumours linking him with Accrington Stanley.

A day earlier Holdsworth learned that he could be without goal ace Duffy.

"Rob can't play until his rumbling appendix is operated on or it could burst," he said.

"So we need to see how quickly we can get him in and it will be at least another two weeks after that before he can return to us.

"He has had his pre-op assessment and we are hoping the operation culd happen on Monday."

Holdsworth said he had also this week made an enquiry for a striker who had been playing abroad, though the fee his club are currently demanding could be a stumbling block.

"The other striker I am chasing is not moving right now as they want a fee for him which we can't afford. It may be a game of patience there.

"But I can't afford to sit around as time is gettibng on so I will get other irons in the fire."

Stags play another pre-season friendly this Saturday at Centenary-celebrating Frickley Athletic with a home clash with Championship neighbours Nottingham Forest ahead on Wednesday night.



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