CLUCAS JOINS CHESTERFIELD
Sam Clucas leaves Mansfield Town
mansfieldtown.net, 19:00 1st September 2014
Frontman departs One Call Stadium after 15-month stay.
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Mansfield Town F.C. can confirm that winger/forward Sam Clucas has been sold to Chesterfield for an undisclosed fee.
The Spireites improved their initial bid for the player, who made it clear during discussions that he wasn’t going to sign a new contract when his current deal expired at the end of the season and wished to further his career.
The transfer will allow Paul Cox to further strengthen his squad.
Chairman's message to supporters regarding Clucas transfer?
mansfieldtown.net, 2nd September 2014
Statement from club chairman John Radford.
To our loyal supporters:
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Following last night's activities in the transfer window, I thought it would be useful for me to provide an update to you on the reasons for eventually selling Sam Clucas.
The last offer from Chesterfield, which concluded the deal for Sam's transfer yesterday, was good business for the club.
Sam made it clear that he wanted to move and was unlikely to accept a new contract with us when his deal was up at the end of the season, and the club would have effectively ended up with nothing.
Upon greater reflection at the weekend, and in the best interests of the club, it was therefore right to sell Sam at this point.
We have a solid, tight-knit squad here at the Stags, now boosted by the signing of striker Rakish Bingham.
Our club is still developing and growing after three progressive seasons. Sometimes really tough decisions have to be made, not always popular ones either. But those decisions are always made with the best interests of Mansfield Town Football Club in mind.
Clucas Signs for Spireites
chesterfield-fc.co.uk, Mon 01 Sep 2014
Sam Clucas has spoken of his delight at joining Chesterfield from rivals Mansfield Town.
The 23-year-old attacking player has signed a two-and-a-half-year contract after the clubs agreed an undisclosed deal.
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He said: "It's nice to be here and I can't wait to get started. I'm excited to be joining a club in a higher division.
"They're a very good passing side, as I saw when I played against them last season. I remember walking off the pitch thinking they were like the Barcelona of League Two! The club is going places and I want to be involved in that."
Manager Paul Cook said: "I'm really delighted because he's a player we've tracked for a long time. We missed out on him last year when he joined Mansfield. Finally the two clubs came to an agreement. There was a bit of give and take on both sides.
"He's a very talented young boy who'll only make us a stronger squad. He's another player who comes into our squad with goals."
Clucas, 23, scored 13 goals in 49 appearances for Mansfield after signing for them from Hereford United last summer.
Clucas out, Bingham in for Stags on deadline day
chad.co.uk, 01 September2014
It was one in and one out at Mansfield Town on transfer window deadline day today as star winger Sam Clucas finally joined League One neighbours Chesterfield while, coming the other way, was former Wigan Athletic striker Rakish Bingham.
Clucas finally joined Chesterfield for an undisclosed fee after the Spireites improved last week’s initial bid for the player, who made it clear during discussions that he wasn’t going to sign a new contract when his current deal expired at the end of the season and wished to further his career.
It ended a 15-month stay for the former Hereford man, who was named in last season’s Sky Bet League Two Team of the Year and would have been a free agent next summer.
Manager Paul Cox then moved quickly to sign Bingham, a player that has impressed on trial at the club in recent weeks, fighting off interest from several other clubs.
The 20-year-old could now make his debut in tomorrow night’s JPT clash with local rivals Notts County.
Born in London, Bingham joined Wigan’s U18s in 2010 after impressing while playing college football in East London.
Held in high regard by the then Latics boss Roberto Martinez, the youngster made his reserve team debut in April 2011 and signed his first professional contract at the end of the 2011/12 season.
After being unable to break into the Latics’ first team in 2012/13 - a campaign which saw Wigan dramatically win the FA Cup, Bingham spent a portion of last term on loan at Falkirk in the Scottish Championship.
He was described by Martinez’s successor, Owen Coyle as having fantastic potential.
After leaving Wigan this summer, the youngster spent pre-season on trial at AFC Bournemouth and travelled with the Cherries on their tour of Austria/Switzerland.
“It’s a little bit nervy to be signing on transfer deadline day,” Bingham told club web site mansfieldtown.net.
“I’m used to being at home watching it on TV and it’s the first time I’ve been involved in it, so it’s exciting.
“I’m a striker, so scoring goals is what I hope to do. That’s my plan. I’m ‘over the moon’ to be signing for the Stags,” he added.
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