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Cox snaps up Bradford forward
mansfieldtown.net, Thu 24 Nov 2011

Paul Cox has moved to add Bradford City forward Nialle Rodney to his squad on a one month loan deal.


The 20-year-old, a former Nottingham Forest trainee, becomes Cox's second signing in three days, with more fresh faces expected to arrive this afternoon.

The 6ft 1in front man has previously enjoyed loan spells at Ilkeston, Burton Albion and more recently Darlington.

Upon meeting the local media this morning, Rodney said: "I'll be hoping to get games, goals and minutes under my belt during this loan period. I'm really excited to come to this club.

"I know Kieron [Freeman] and Lindon [Meikle] so it's good to come to a club with familiar faces. Kieron spoke really well of the club and that made decision to come even easier."



Stags manager Paul Cox told BBC Radio Nottingham: "He needs a manager to believe in him and I'll help him in everything he wants to achieve."


Rodney loaned to Mansfield
Thu 24 Nov 2011

City forward Nialle Rodney has joined Blue Square Bet Premier side Mansfield Town on a one month loan deal.

Rodney completed the necessary paperwork at Mansfield's Field Mill Stadium this Thursday and is now in line to make his Stags debut in their away fixture at Bath City this Saturday.

The 20 year old has just finished a similar loan period at Blue Square Bet Premier level with Darlington.

Rodney, who joined City in the summer after being released by Nottingham Forest, has made seven appearences for the Bantams so far this season.

His most notable outing in a City jersey to date came back in early October when he scored the winning penalty in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy tie at near neighbours Huddersfield Town


Stags sign ex-Forest trainee on loan
Nottingham Post, Thursday, November 24, 2011

NIALLE Rodney today become Mansfield Town's second loan signing of the week.


The Bradford City forward, 20, joins for a one-month stint and goes straight into the squad for the weekend trip to strugglers Bath City.

Nottingham-born Rodney is a former Forest trainee who has had loan spells at Ilkeston and Burton.

He moved to Bradford this summer on a one-year deal and has made five appearances for the Bantams.

Rodney follows John Dempster to Field Mill after he agreed a loan switch from Crawley on Tuesday.


Striker signing Rodney has point to prove at Stags
Nottingham Post, Friday, November 25, 2011

IT'S fair to say that the last few months haven't gone to plan for Nialle Rodney, meaning he has joined Mansfield Town with a point to prove.


Having broken into Forest's first team squad during 2010-11, making three first tram appearances as a substitute, the young striker had his sights set on a career in the Championship.

But then Reds manager Billy Davies was shown the door at the City Ground and Rodney was not handed the new contract he had expected amid suggestions his attitude sometimes left a lot to be desired.

He moved on to Bradford City, where he hoped to resurrect his Football league career.

But after performing well in pre-season, he picked up an injury that saw him miss the start of the season and he has been only a peripheral figure since, with just five senior games under his belt.

Salvation, ironically, could come just a few miles down the road from where things began to unravel for the 20-year-old with a one-month loan stint at Field Mill.

And the Nottingham-born youngster is determined to make the most of his opportunity and show he can produce the kind of performances that his undoubted talent has always indicated he can.

"What I want from my time at Mansfield is games and goals. I want to get minutes under my belt," said Rodney.

"I'm really excited to come to the club and if I can get some experience while helping the team get some wins, that would be ideal.

"I have been on loan at Darlington this season, but that turned out to be poor timing. I joined them when they were under quite a lot of pressure and the manager (Mark Cooper) got sacked almost straight away.

"It didn't work out as I hoped, but hopefully I will have more stability here.

"I have always looked out for Mansfield because I am a local lad and I've heard all about (manager) Paul Cox and I'm excited to work with him."

Rodney, from Hyson Green, was with Forest from the age of 13 and attended St Mary's and Trinity Schools before moving to Southwell Minster.

Having supported the Reds he was naturally cut up when not making the grade.

He said: "I was disappointed and upset when I left Forest – and surprised.

"I was under the impression I was staying for a longer time and felt I had done well, playing for the first team, plus I had been at the club seven years.

"It was unfortunate, but it happens. I'm not worrying about it.

"I don't think it affected my confidence – I've always believed in my own ability."

Rodney has been impressed with the way Matt Green has thrived since moving to Mansfield after finding himself out of the picture at Oxford and is to use that as an inspiration.

"Matt's done really well, scored plenty of goals (11) and made a good impression," said Rodney.

"That is exactly what I have come to Mansfield for. Hopefully to push my career along."

Cox has now doubts about his new striker's ability and is keen to work with the player to bring out his best.

"Nialle has kind of lost his way after playing for the Forest first team. He's made a few mistakes and it's easy as a young player to forget your love of the game.

"But hopefully he has come here to learn and get better and if he does that he could have a very successful future.

"Nialle will take some pressure off Matt Green and given time he could be a real crowd favourite. The lad can catch pigeons and is a good finisher.

"He's got everything in his armoury to play at a much higher level."

Louis Briscoe (abductor) is back in training but is unlikely to be considered for Bath trip.

Joe Kendrick is to see an osteopath over a trapped nerve in his back and Adam Murray is suspended, but Martin Riley (hamstring) is back in contention.

Louis Moult's loan runs out after tomorrow's game, when he is expected to return to parent club Stoke City.

Mansfield squad: Marriott, Redmond, O'Neill, Dempster, Sutton, Thompson, Day, Riley, Freeman, Dyer, Howell, Bolland, Worthington, Stevenson, Verma, Kelly, Meikle, Todd, Green, Connor, Rodney, Moult.

The Stags Supporters' Association's coach places to Bath on Saturday start at just £15 for members and seats can be booked on 07967 689597


Rodney out to revive career on Stags loan
chad.co.uk, Friday 25 November 2011

IF NIALLE Rodney can hit the sort of from Mansfield Town boss Paul Cox knows him to be capable of, he expects the Bradford striker's loan at Field Mill to be a short one.


“If he does get himself back on track then I don't think we will be able to keep hold of him very long as he is a very very good player,” said Cox.

“Nialle has everything in his armoury to play at a higher level than this. His career needs a bit of a jolt right now and think he is one of those players that needs a bit of loving.”

“I have kept my eye on Nialle for a while now. He was at Forest since he was a kid and I was very surprised when he became available.

“He shot to the stars very quickly at Forest and made a few mistakes. Knowing his history, it is very easy as a young player in that position to forget your love of the game and lose your way.

“He is very quick – he can catch pigeons -and will make Matt Green look slow. He will take a bit of pressure off Matt. I think he is in the mould of Marlon Harewood.”

Rodney, who is with Stags for an initial month, said: “I am here for games, goals and minutes under my belt.

“I moved up to Leeds so it's nice to be back down here and see my family a bit more.

“Being a local lad I have always looked out for Mansfield's scores.

“I was disappointed and surprised to leave Forest. I had to get my head round that and get on with it. I was upset by their decision but I know my ability and have confidence in myself.

“I did really well for Bradford in pre-season, then unfortunately I got injured and a new manager came in. This season I went on loan to Darlington and the manager got sacked straight away. It didn't go as well as I'd hoped, so it was back to Bradford.

“I was very glad to get the chance to come to Mansfield. I want to be playing football week in, week out.

“I knew of Paul Cox and my agent spoke very highly of him. I also knew a few of the lads here like Keiron Freeman and Lindon Meikle.

“I haven't seen any Mansfield games this season but I will be watching a few on DVD. I know Matt Green has done well since he came here and I hope I can play alongside him and score a lot of goals too.”


New signings vital to Stags' play-off push – Cox
Nottingham Post, Friday, November 25, 2011

MANSFIELD Town's quartet of signings will give the team fresh impetus at a crucial time, insists boss Paul Cox.


After John Dempster was drafted in from Crawley on Tuesday, the Stags beat yesterday's 5pm loan deadline to secure Kettering pair Marcus Kelly and Aman Verma, along with Bradford's Nialle Rodney.

?All four are in contention for tomorrow's trip to Bath City, though only five of seven loan signings at the club – Matt Green, Kieron Freeman and Louis Moult are the others – are allowed in the squad of 16.

Cox feels the new arrivals were vital for the Stags to stay in the play-off hunt.

"It might seem strange to sign four before the deadline, but we need this if we are serious about staying the pace with the big boys," he said.

"Hopefully, one or two will be looking over their shoulders now because when we get injuries and suspensions, we have quality to bring in."

Left midfielder and former Rushden man Kelly, 25, and ex-Leicester central midfielder Verma, 23, have joined on loan until January when they are set to sign 18-month deals.

Kettering will receive an undisclosed fee for the pair.

Striker Rodney, 20, released by Forest in the summer, has agreed a one-month loan.

Cox added: "Marcus was Kettering's player of the year last year, has a lovely left foot and can play central or wide.

"Aman is very dynamic and a player who I can see getting back in the Football League, where he started.

"Nialle is a good player who needs to be loved and nurtured to get the best out of him."


Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Bradford City have completed the signing of former Nottingham Forest striker Nialle Rodney on a one-year deal
Rodney made three appearances for Burton last season League Two side


The 20-year-old has joined on a free transfer after being released by Forest at the end of last season.

Rodney told the club website: "I'm glad that it has all been done and dusted and I'm just ready now to play for Bradford City.

"I'm young and hungry for success and I want to prove myself."

Manager Peter Jackson said: "Nialle offers us something different to what we already have in attack.

"He's a forward player with real pace and I think that is something we missed up front last season.

"He has the pace to get behind and stretch defences and really force opposition sides to think."

Rodney will compete with Bradford's other strikers Mark Stewart, Ross Hannah, James Hanson and Darren Stephenson for a starting place.

"I am looking forward to the season ahead and to working with the staff that we have at the club," he added.

"I also can't wait to play and try and score some goals in this magnificent stadium.

"The support I received from Peter Jackson and [assistant manager] Colin Cooper was a big factor in me coming here. They have shown a lot of faith in me and really believed in me.

"The fanbase round here is massive and that was also another reason behind my decision to come here.

"I have had some interest from other clubs but this place is a massive club and I just want to help it progress.

"Hopefully I can play my part by scoring some goals for the team."



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