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14th January 2003 13:41

Evening Post, 14 January 2003
Four Mansfield Town players have left the club, one of whom manager Keith Curle was desperate to keep at Field Mill.
Curle has trimmed his squad by releasing defenders Dion Scott, David Jervis and Danny Holyoak but has also seen left-back Adam Eaton return to Preston after a month's loan.
Mark Lever has received an offer to have his contract paid up and is understood to be thinking about his response
Hopes had been high that Deepdale boss Craig Brown would allow former Everton defender Eaton to remain at Mansfield for another month but Curle said they were dashed at the last minute.
"We had a contract for him to sign yesterday but Preston came in and said they want to recall him because they have got a few injuries and suspensions," the manager said.
"He was excellent while he was here and I was very pleased to see that he was given the man-of-the-match award in his final game."
However, Curle said he would certainly keep Eaton in mind for the future.
"It has been a good opportunity for us to have a look at him and for him to see what we do and it has given him some matches.
"We will certainly be bearing him in mind when we look at the remainder of the season and for next year as well. We will have to see what happens.
"Hopefully, we will be able to bring in someone for Saturday."
Scott, who has suffered persistent shoulder problems since joining the Stags in the summer from Walsall, did not take part in a league game for Mansfield.
Jervis made 30 appearances and Holyoak moved up into the first-team picture this season but Curle said he did not want players at the club who did not feature in his plans.
He said: "They have had their contracts terminated and it gives them a headstart in finding a new club before everybody else.
"There will be a lot of players out of work at the end of the season.
"I have been honest and fair to them, telling them that I cannot seem them playing in the first team and their contracts would not be renewed.
"We are going to circulate Mark Lever's name as well while he decides what he wants to do.
"There will be a number of other players up at the end of the season and we will be looking at sorting those out soon."
With the big derby clash against Chesterfield only four days away, Curle is fighting to be fit after going off with a calf injury at half-time during Saturday's goalless draw with Wycombe.
He said: "I think I have given myself a chance of playing because I came off before I could do any more damage.
"At the moment I just have to rest and see how it goes."


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