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10th June 2011 23:01


Cox captures Bolland
mansfieldtown.net, Wed 01 Jun 2011

Manager Paul Cox has moved to make his third signing, in the shape of experienced midfielder Paul Bolland.


The 31-year-old, who was voted as Macclesfield's Players' Player of the Season last term, has put pen to paper on a two year contract, after turning down a fresh deal at the Moss Rose Ground.

Bolland, who has made over 350 appearances in a career spanning 14 years for Bradford, Notts County, Grimsby and Macclesfield, told mansfieldtown.net shortly after signing:"It's clear of the ambitions of both the gaffer [Paul Cox] and the club and where we want to go.

"I've met Paul a couple of times and you can tell he's a win who wants promotion - that is what attracted me and what I want to be a part of."

He added: "You only have to look around the place to know that it should be in the Football League and that's what we'll all be working hard to try and achieve."


Bolland Moves On
Official Macclesfield Town website, Wed 01 Jun 2011

Silkmen midfielder Paul Bolland has decided to call an end to his time at the Moss Rose by accepting a two year deal at Mansfield Town.


The midfielder has been with the Silkmen for two years, playing almost 70 times and scoring three, including hitting his first ever League double as the Silkmen came back from 2-0 down to beat Oxford 3-2.

The popular midfielder was offered a deal by Silkmen manager Gary Simpson but despite negotiations between club and player - chose to move to Field Mill.

Everyone at Macclesfield Town would like to thank Paul for his efforts over the last two years and wish him all the best in the future at his new club


Bolland agrees deal with Mansfield Town
Evening Post, 1 June 2011

MANSFIELD Town have today snapped up former Notts County midfielder Paul Bolland.


The hard-working, tough tackling midfielder has agreed a two-year deal at Field Mill.

Bolland, 31, has spent the last two seasons with the League Two Macclesfield Town, where he has rejected fresh terms.

He has previously spent lengthy stints at Meadow Lane and Grimsby, having come through the ranks at local club Bradford City.

Bolland had made more than 350 senior appearances in all and was voted Players' Player of the Year at Macclesfield in 2010-11.

He said: "I'm delighted to be joining Mansfield. They are a big club with big ambitions.

"I had a good season at Macclesfield last year and they wanted me to stay, but once I had spoken to Paul Cox and seen the stadium I knew this is where I wanted to play."


Cox delighted to capture Bolland
Evening Post, 2 June 2011

PAUL Bolland is just what Mansfield Town need to complement their existing midfielders, believes manager Paul Cox.


The Stags have clinched a two-year deal for the 31-year-old, who has turned down a new contract at League Two Macclesfield to come to Field Mill.

He is Cox's third signing since becoming boss, following Eastwood duo Lee Stevenson and Lindon Meikle.

"I think he is another excellent part of the jigsaw and exactly what I was looking for," he said. "The fact that a League Two club wanted to retain him speaks volumes, as does the fact he was voted player of the year there.

"I said I wanted a mix of rough diamonds, experienced Conference players and good experienced pros from the Football League – and he is definitely one of the latter.

"He has played more than 350 games and we need someone of his experience, someone who is a consistent performer.

"We have people in our midfield, like Stevenson and (Adam) Murray, who can go and create.

"But I felt that we needed to balance that with someone who can go and get us the ball and do the dirty work.

"Paul does that very well, but it doesn't mean that he can't play.

"He is also very good in possession.

"People might not see it as a glamorous signing and he might not grab the headlines, but we need players of his calibre if we are going to be successful."

Mansfield's pre-season friendly at home to Notts County has been brought forward a day to Friday July 15 (7.45pm).


Midfielder Bolland: Why I chose Mansfield Town
Evening Post, 3 June 2011

PAUL Bolland has swapped League Two for the Blue Square Bet Premier because he shares manager Paul Cox's vision of making Mansfield Town into 'winners'.


The Stags have languished in the top flight of non-league football for the past three seasons after releation from the Football League in 2007.

Midfielder Bolland has never dropped this far down before, having played for the likes of Bradford City, Notts County and Grimsby.

But he has turned down fresh terms at Macclesfield to sign a two-year deal at Field Mill as he feels the Stags can get back in the elite 92 – and then go even higher.

"The manager wants winners here and that's exactly what I would like to think I am," said Bolland.

"If we can get that attitude right through the dressing room with the good players that we have and I'm sure are being lined up, then we have every chance of challenging for promotion.

"Look at teams like Torquay Exeter, Stevenage Dagenham and they have all either got promoted or been challenging for promotion in recent seasons after going up from the Blue Square Bet Premier.

"Crawley are expected to go up again as well and I don't think there is much difference between the two levels now, especially with all the big clubs like Grimsby, Luton, York, Wrexham, Lincoln and Stockport all in there.

"But I believe if you have a successful season it breeds confidence and you can get on a roll.

"There's no reason why, if Mansfield can get out of this league, they couldn't go on and get into League One too."



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