STAGS SIGN RITCHIE SUTTON
Stags snap up Sutton
mansfieldtown.net, Tue 28 Jun 2011
Paul Cox has strengthened his defence with the addition of ex-Crewe trainee Ritchie Sutton.
The 25-year-old has put pen to paper on a one year contract and joins on a free transfer from Port Vale, where he made 13 appearances last season.
Sutton, who can play at centre-half or right-back, also has over four years' experience in non-league with clubs such as Leek Town, Stafford Rangers, Northwich, Halifax and Nantwich.
After signing on the dotted line, Sutton told mansfieldtown.net: "I know that Mansfield are looking to get back into the Football League at the earliest opportunity so that was a big factor in my signing."
Manager Paul Cox said: "I've had my eye on Ritchie since his days at Crewe. He is a big strong 'unit' who will hopefully be a good acquisition for the club."
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Stags sign Port Vale defender
chad.co.uk, Tuesday 28 June 2011
MANSFIELD Town Manager Paul Cox has strengthened his defence with the addition of ex- Crewe trainee Ritchie Sutton.
The 25-year-old has put pen to paper on a one year contract and joins on a free transfer from Port
Vale, where he made 13 appearances last season.
Sutton, who can play at centre-half or right-back, also has over four years' experience in non-League with clubs such as Leek Town, Stafford Rangers, Northwich, Halifax and Nantwich.
After signing on the dotted line, Sutton told mansfieldtown.net: “I know that Mansfield are looking to get back into the Football League at the earliest opportunity so that was a big factor in my signing.”
Manager Paul Cox said: “I've had my eye on Ritchie since his days at Crewe. He is a big strong 'unit' who will hopefully be a good acquisition for the club.
“I believe Micky Adams wanted to offer him a new deal at Port Vale but was unable to due to their embargo problem so I have nipped in there.
“For a big lad, he is very, very quick.”
Sutton happy to put Vale 'stress' behind him at Stags
Nottingham Post, Thursday, June 30, 2011
MANSFIELD Town new boy Ritchie Sutton is determined to put a forgettable season at Port Vale behind him by helping the Stags into the play-offs.
The 25-year-old defender played only a handful of games for the Valiants last season as the club went through three different managers.
Sutton then saw his hopes of landing a new contract at Vale Park affected by an ongoing boardroom battle.
In those circumstances, the Burslem-born player was happy to seek pastures new – and says there was interest from other clubs.
But he was more than happy to sign a one-year deal with Mansfield after hearing Paul Cox's ambitious plans.
Sutton has played at Blue Square Bet Premier level before for both Northwich Victoria and Stafford Rangers.
"I was in and out at Port Vale and it's been a bit unstable with all the managers coming and going and the situation with the board," he said.
"All contract talks have been placed on hold and at that point you start looking around.
"There were a few clubs interested but none as attractive as Mansfield, who clearly have strong ambitions to get back into the league.
"You look at Paul Cox's record, especially the unbeaten run at the end of last season, and it is very impressive.
"I would think the club will be looking to get in the play-offs – with the players we have signed we have more than enough to do that.
"I hope I can fight my way into the first team to be part of that.
"It's been a very stressful pre-season, so it's nice to be able to concentrate on my football now my future is sorted."
Cox pleased with capture of versatile Sutton
Nottingham Post, Wednesday, June 29, 2011
PAUL Cox has yet to decide how to deploy new defender Ritchie Sutton at Mansfield Town next season.
The Stags have snapped up the versatile 25-year-old on a one-year deal after he spent last season at Port Vale.
Sutton – who has also played for the likes of Northwich, Stafford and Nantwich – can operate as a right-back or central defender.
But Cox says who else he signs and what happens in pre-season could ultimately decide Sutton's role.
"There are still one or two central defenders I am targeting, so that could have an effect," he said. "There's also training and the pre-season game at Nuneaton where we will have a look at him.
"The good thing is he is quick and strong so can play in either position well.
"It's all about trying to get the blend right at the back – you have to mix and match the right people."
Cox – who has brought in Andy Todd as player-coach – is still pursuing a goalkeeper, another defender and a striker and hopes to have 'at least one or two' signed by the end of the week.
He said: "Hopefully, we will have the goalkeeper in sooner rather than later, although he is still at home in Ireland at the moment.
"Players I am talking to were due back from their holidays last weekend.
"Footballers can play a game of poker because they know contracts run out at the end of this month.
"But there are one or two now who are going to find they have not got clubs and then you are hopeful you can come to an arrangement with those you have been talking to."
Stags add defender to their ranks
Nottingham Post, Tuesday, June 28, 2011
MANSFIELD Town have today strengthened their defensive options by snapping up the versatile Richard Sutton.
The former Port Vale player, who came through the ranks as a youngster at Crewe, can play either as a central defender or at right-back.
Sutton, 25, has agreed a one-year deal at Field Mill and is the club's eighth signing of the summer.
"Richard is a player I have had my eye on since his Crewe days, who is technically good for a defender," said manager Paul Cox.
"But he can also do the hard side if the game well. He's big and strong and for someone of his size is very, very quick.
"He played a few first team games for Port Vale last season and he comes to us at a good age.
"I think Micky Adams at Port Vale wanted to re-sign him but with the embargo they have had in place, we have managed to nip in there and hopefully he will be a very good signing."
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