POST NUNEATON REACTION + MEDLEY
Holdsworth keen to snap up striker Medley for Mansfield
Evening Post website, 4 Aug 2010
MANSFIELD Town boss David Holdsworth wants to sign striker Luke Medley – but knows he has to move someone else on first.
The 21-year-old former Bradford and Barnet hitman has impressed since coming in on trial and scored in Monday night's 6-1 friendly win at Hucknall Town.
Greenwich-born Medley is keen to sign for the Stags, having failed to secure a contract elsewhere this summer.
Should he agree terms, he would provide some immediate welcome competition for Paul Connor and Keigan Parker with Rob Duffy (appendix) and Lee Gregory (heel) currently unavailable.
"Luke will get a chance in training this week and I have had lots of conversations with him, so I know he has enjoyed being involved," said Holdsworth.
"He has already shown the qualities he possesses, he has made a big impression, and he has told me he wants to join.
"But players will have to go out before I can bring anyone else in. That's life.
"If it can be done then it will be done. If not, then the young man will have to go and sign somewhere else."
But the prospects are looking less positive for right-back trialists John Leonard and Jordan Fairclough, even though both have figured in pre-season friendlies.
Holdsworth added: "It is tough with these younger players because I think highly of them.
"But the fact is we don't have the size of squad to keep them on, nor do we have a reserve side, so it would not be fair on them."
A youthful Mansfield side, that did not include Medley, lost 3-1 at Nuneaton last night.
Louis Briscoe scored for the Stags, but Holdsworth was not overly concerned by the defeat.
"The fact was we gave a lot of young players an opportunity to show what they can do," he said.
"Some of them did okay and for others it was a bit of an eye opener."