STAGS SIGN MARTIN RILEY
Stags secure Riley signing
mansfieldtown.net, Thu 14 Jul 2011
Former Cheltenham Town defender Martin Riley has penned a one year deal with us today, we are delighted to announce.
The 24-year-old, who started his career as a trainee at Wolverhampton Wanderers, went on to make 85 appearances for Kidderminster Harriers before joining League Two Cheltenham Town, where he made 29 starts last season.
After signing, the 6 ft centre half, who admitted rejecting offers from other BSBP clubs said: "I wanted to sign for a team with ambition and that is exactly what we seem to have here. I've spoken to Gary Mills [former player] about the move and he was nothing but complimentary about the club.
"I'm aiming to be 'flying fit' by the first game of the season. I've been training at Cheltenham recently to gain fitness and am looking forward to the pre-season games," he added
Riley will solve Stags defensive woes, says Cox
Nottingham Post, Friday, July 15, 2011
MANSFIELD Town boss Paul Cox believes former England C international Martin Riley will help solve the club's defensive woes.
The Stags have signed the central defender on a one-year deal following his release by League Two Cheltenham.
The former Wolves trainee made 85 appearances for Kidderminster Harriers before joining old boss Mark Yates at the Robins, where he made 29 starts last season.
Riley will face a fight with the likes of Ritchie Sutton and, when fit again, Tom Naylor and Rhys Day for a place at the heart of the Mansfield rearguard.
But it is Riley's reputation as a no-nonsense performer that has attracted Cox.
"He's a proper defender, perhaps what you would call an old-fashioned stopper, which is exactly what I want," he said.
"It's all right having ball players at the back, but we need to stop leaking goals and Martin can do that for us.
"He has experience in the Football League and he has also played a lot at this level too."
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