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21st November 2002 17:08

Long Term Injured, Midfield Star Michael Sisson was delivered the bad news that his contract will not be renewed, yesterday. 'Sisso' who has been plagued by injury through much of his time at Field Mill was on a two contract when he picked up a terrible knee injury which has seen him out of action for most of this time and undergoing some unpleasant surgery to rectify the problem. This contract expires at the end of this month and with Club Physio Barry Statham being positive that Sisson is only 1 month away from fitness levels that would enable him to return to training, he has had the rug pulled from underneath him. It seems such a shame that a lad who is a as committed to the cause as Sisson has to leave, because of financial reasons, especially after being on the payroll for two years and now with only a month to go, the funds have dried up. Okay, we know that returning to training doesn't necessarily mean we will see him out on the pitch creating and scoring goals instantly. That would possibly take another 6-8 weeks but the fact is everybody at the club is devastated that because of our run of bad luck of late, one the most liked characters here will be leaving Field Mill. What the club will be doing, however is ensuring that Michael reaches a fitness level that will enable to return to training which will hopefully see him picked up by another club soon, where he can progress his career to the heights he deserves. But an even greater blow to the Stags on the departure of Michael Sisson will leave us with only 19 Professionals which is not the ideal amount of players for any level of football, let alone Division 2. Manager Stuart Watkiss is very aware of this situation and is still hoping to find a striker to replace Shayne Bradley, as for other positions that we should be filling to strengthen the squad, finances are dictating that we will probably have to see more players leave Field Mill before we can receive any incoming. We have been looking at three Nottingham Forest players who are currently here on trial. All of whom played yesterday in the game against Shrewsbury that saw the stags pick up a nice 3-2 win with goals coming from Danny Bacon (2) and Chris Beardsley. As to whether or not any of our trialist will eventually become full members of the Mansfield Town Squad, "we have to wait and see" said Stuart Watkiss.

Source: mansfieldtown.net


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