GREEN ON TRIAL AT BRUM, JONES LIKELY TO GO TO LG 1
Cox update on Green & Jones
mansfieldtown.net 13th May 2013
Paul Cox has today confirmed that striker Matt Green is on trial with Birmingham City, but says he will meet with the striker this week to discuss his future.
Paul Cox is speaking to Mark Stevenson
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Green, who is still said to be ‘keen to talk to us’ about the possibility of re-signing, has been with the championship club for over a week but the Blues have not yet offered a contract to the 26-year-old.
Meanwhile, Luke Jones looks set to sign for a League One Club.
Speaking on Jones, Cox said: “Luke’s been up front and honest with me and it’s a great opportunity for the lad [to sign for a club in a higher division]. Nothing is signed and sealed yet. If it does happen we’ll wish him all the best. He did a great job for us last year and weighed in with a number of goals.”
On Green, he said: “Green’s been there [at Birmingham] between seven to ten days but nothing is happening. He is keen to talk to us again and hopefully we can 'thrash something out'.
“As a football club, we can’t stand still. I have been planning for the worst case scenario as I always do. We have to make sure that we’re not left with a massive void to fill for the beginning of the season. He’s [Green] been a great servant to us. I’d love to work with him again next season, but I’m sure whatever his decision is will take a lot of thought."
Speaking at this morning’s press meeting, Cox was pleased to announce that youth team players Jason Gregory, Ben Birch and Liam Marsden have been offered professional deals
Stags star Matt Green on trial at Birmingham City, and Luke Jones may join League One club
Mansfield Town are still hoping they can keep hold of goal ace Matt Green, even though the striker is now on trial with Championship giants Birmingham City.
But it is looking increasingly likely that centre half Luke Jones could be on his way out of the newly-promoted Stags.
Both Green and Jones have been offered new contracts after outstanding seasons to help Stags win the BSBP and move up into League Two.
But manager Paul Cox said today: “I don’t know if we will be able to keep either of them and I am planning for worst case scenario as always so we don’t get left short.
“It is looking like Luke will probably sign for a League One club. He is being upfront and honest and it is a great opportunity for the lad.
“Matt Green has been in trial at Birmingham for a week or so, but nothing has happened there for him yet so we are still hopeful.
“I am sure his agent will tell him to keep his options open anyway and I am sure that both Matt and Luke will be coveted by a number of clubs.
“We can’t stand still. We have to move on. I would love to work with Matt next season - I love the kid to bits. But he has a family to look after and I am sure he will give his decision a lot of thought.”
Cox added: “I have spoken to about 10 strikers already and there are already some interesting ones. It is about finding the right one for us.
“If Matt Green leaves then I have to find another Matt Green. There are plenty of players with potential. Remember when he joined us he was playing right wing for Oxford reserves.
“We worked with him, tried to structure him mentally and in technique and, if he does go to a bigger club, we are pleased we have had a say in it.”
Cox is hopeful he can make his first summer signing this week. He has also offered short term professional contracts to three youth team players, right back Liam Marsden and central defenders Jason Gregory and Ben Birch
Non-league: Chase on for Mansfield star Matt Green
By Graeme Bailey
Last Updated: May 17, 2013
Sky Sports understands a number of Championship and League One clubs are lining up offers for Mansfield Town star Matt Green.
The 26-year-old is out of contract at Field Mill and looks set to depart, despite helping the Stags back into the Football League this season.
Green has already spent time training at Birmingham since the end of the season and they are keen to tie up a deal for the former Oxford United man.
However, it is understood a host of clubs are ready to make rival offers with the likes of Nottingham Forest, Huddersfield, Barnsley, Sheffield Wednesday, Wolves and Doncaster amongst those keen on landing the player
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