ADAM EATON INTERVIEW
ADAM'S ON EVE OF NEW START
Evening Post, 11 December 2002
New Stags signing Adam Eaton believes he can get his career back on track with a successful loan spell at Field Mill.
And manager Keith Curle is confident the 22-year-old Preston left-back will prove valuable to Mansfield.
Eaton, who has played 17 games for the Division One side, was last involved in their 5-0 Worthington Cup defeat at Aston Villa.
The former Everton trainee claimed an FA Youth Cup winners medal with the Toffeemen, in the same team as Francis Jeffers, Richard Dunne and Danny Cadamarteri.
He said "I got a phone call on Sunday afternoon asking me if I wanted to come on loan to Mansfield and, because my first-team chances at Preston have been restricted, I jumped at the chance.
"Rob Edwards has been playing very well at Preston so I have been unable to get in the team.
"I was at Everton for three or four years and was behind Michael Ball for the left-back spot there.
"He was playing really well and I was stuck in the reserves so I had to get away."
Eaton does not know if Preston boss Craig Brown wants to sell him but he is anxious to take his chance of regular first-team football.
"It's a month's loan at the moment but if everything goes well, I will be looking to extend it," he added.
"I have still got 18 months left on my contract at Preston and I don't know if they would want money for me."
Eaton, who likes to get forward, get crosses in and score the odd goal, said he did not worry about Stags' being bottom of Division Two.
"I've been impressed so far and Keith Curle has got a lot of good things to say about the club," he said. "Some of the results have been quite decent and, as far as I can see, it is a club that will be going up the table.
"I don't think it is a step backwards because I have come to get some experience and hopefully my career will start to take off."
Curle said: "He's a good, natural defender with good distribution. He will come in and murder this division.
"I am aware of certain positions I am looking to fill but I'm not going to fill them just for the sake of it.
"He comes highly recommended and I have seen him play. He is the sort of player we are looking for and one I can trust to go out there and do the job."
Adam Eaton factfile
Name: Adam Eaton
Born: Wigan, May 2, 1980
Height: 5ft 11ins
Weight: 11st 2lbs
Career: 1997: Signs professional forms at Everton; 1998, member of the FA Youth Cup final-winning team that beats Blackburn Rovers 5-3; 1999, moves on a free transfer to Preston; 2002, appears in the 5-0 defeat against Aston Villa in the Worthington Cup, his 17th game for the club.