TRIALISTS LEAVE/NEW TRIALISTS/NUNEATON PREVIEW
Higginson leaves Stags
Nottingham Post, Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Left-back Chris Carruthers will lead a second wave of trialists when Mansfield Town contest their opening first-team pre-season friendly at Nuneaton tonight.
Each of those given a chance to prove their worth in an experimental side in the 1-1 draw at Rainworth on Saturday have already been shown the door.
But having already trained with the Stags, 27-year-old former Northampton, Bristol Rovers, Oxford and York man Carruthers will play some part.
Other likely new trialists are Welsh under-21 international left-back Nathan Craig, formerly of Everton, and ex-England youth right-back Rhema Obed, released by Arsenal.
Another former Gunner, central defender Oliver Nicholas, is set to arrive at the club tomorrow.
Conor Higginson has left the club by mutual consent after initially taking up the one-year option on his deal.
Stags' new signings on parade in Nuneaton friendly
chad.co.uk, Tuesday 12 July 2011
MANSFIELD Town fans will get a first glimpse of new manager Paul Cox's 11 summer signings tonight when the squad play their first proper pre-season fixture at Conference North Nuneaton Town (7.45pm).
Starting with three centre forwards in a 4-3-3 formation, Cox intends to play largely two separate Stags sides in each half to get his players at least 45 minutes apiece under their belts ahead of Friday's visit of Notts County, though some may stay on longer.
Cox, who hopes to complete the signing of a high quality former Championship centre half tomorrow, said: “Their lads will see a scalp tonight and should provide us with a good test.
“There will be nowhere for us to hide and it will be like going up to Barrow on a Tuesday night when it's slinging it down with rain. It will test their mentality.
“We are not going to go stupid, but I want the game played at proper match tempo and not like a testimonial.
“I want these games to pick holes in us and highlight problems before we start the season. If we were the finished product straight away tonight I would be very surprised. In fact I'd be in line for the England job!”
Cox close to more signings
mansfieldtown.net, Tue 12 Jul 2011
Manager Paul Cox is looking to strengthen his squad further ahead of the new season with an experienced defender and a Football League goalscorer in his sights.
Paul Cox was speaking in this morning's press conference ahead of tonight's clash with Nuneaton Town.
He said: "We're on the lookout for another centre-forward and we're very close, we want an out and goalscorer, who can score goals at this level and above.
"We're looking at players who are available on a free and also those we'd have to pay a fee for, who are still attached to Football League clubs.
"We've narrowed it down to 4-5 players and I'll have a chat with the Chairman and see if we can do some deals.
"The forwards we're looking at are poachers and good finishers, I'm looking to add goals to the team."
Cox revealed that he is close to a deal for a defender who has previously played in the Championship and more recently in the MLS.
He said: "We're also hoping to sign a British defender with good pedigree and a wealth of experience, who is on his way back from the MLS and hopefully he'll sign tomorrow morning."