STAGS SIGN KRYSTIAN PEARCE AFTER TRIAL
Stags bolster defensive options
mansfieldtown.net, 10th July 2015
Experienced centre-back becomes 13th summer signing.
We are pleased to announce that, following a successful trial, experienced defender Krystian Pearce has signed for Mansfield Town.
The 25-year-old, who was most recently at Torquay United, played 45 minutes in last weekend’s Green Energy Challenge Trophy win against local side Rainworth Miners Welfare.
Pearce has amassed nearly 250 appearances during his career and boasts experience at this level and above with Scunthorpe United and Notts County amongst the teams he has appeared for.
The defender began his career on the books of Birmingham City, but made his senior debut for Notts County during a loan spell at Meadow Lane in the 2007/08 campaign.
Following a short stint with Port Vale, he played a leading role in helping Scunthorpe United achieve promotion to the Championship the following season - making 40 league appearances for the Iron.
He turned out in the second tier for Peterborough United, and, after spending time on loan at Huddersfield Town, when his contract with Birmingham expired in June 2010, local rivals Notts County wasted little time in securing his signature.
Pearce enjoyed a successful three-year stint with the Magpies - featuring 68 times as County established themselves at League One level, before adding over 70 more appearances to his name during a two-year stay at Torquay.
After putting pen to paper, Pearce said: "I'm excited [about signing for Mansfield]. I've trained the past few days and it's been good.
"It's good to be back in the League and also to be at, what seems to be, a very good club.
"The gaffer wants to win, and so do I. I'm naturally competitive and I'll be trying to win every game in which we play," he added.
Krystian Pearce: Mansfield boss Adam Murray praises trialist
bbc.co.uk, Thursday 9th July, 2015
Mansfield Town manager Adam Murray says trialist centre-back Krystian Pearce has "everything" it takes to play at League Two level.
The former Notts County defender left Torquay United in the summer and has been training with the Stags.
Murray told BBC Radio Nottingham: "He's only 25, but has real good experience and the potential to go on again.
"At League Two level he carries a bit of everything; he is big, strong and quick, and can also play."
But Murray said he was also talking to two other players.
"Krystian is one we are looking at," Murray added. "But it is getting the balance with who is going to be best for this squad and who will help us push on."
Krystian Pearce one of three candidates as Mansfield Town chase new defender
chad.co.uk, by John Lomas, Thursday 09 July 2015
Mansfield Town boss Adam Murray is on the verge of bringing in another centre half and, although former Notts County defender Krystian Pearce in currently in on trial, he is said to be among three candidates to strengthen the squad.
Murray has brought 12 new faces in so far - the joint busiest club in the country with neighbours Notts County - but admits another centre half is on his shopping list.
“I think that’s the one area we need to strengthen,” he said. “All over the pitch we’ve got reasonable numbers for competition.
“It’s not a big squad, which is what I wanted. During my chats with the board we agreed it was important we had a tight-knit group.
“But this is one area we are still looking to strengthen in. There are probably three we are looking at.
“Krystian played on Saturday, but he hasn’t trained all summer. He has been training on his own and I know myself it’s tough. He is not up to speed and is probably seven days behind in work to the other boys.
“But I was really pleased with the 45 minutes he put in last weekend. I think people locally know what he is about. He was flying at Notts County and I think they out-priced him with a move to the Championship.”
Illness almost ended Torquay defender Krystian Pearce's career
By Brent Pilnick, BBC South West Sport, 17 October 2013
Torquay United centre-back Krystian Pearce says a mystery illness almost ended his career.
The 23-year-old collapsed after his side's 2-1 loss at Newport County last month and spent four days in hospital as doctors tried to find a cause.
The former Notts County defender has since been given the all-clear.
"The doctor told me at one point that I wasn't going to be able to play and that was a bit nerve-wracking and a scary thought," he told BBC Devon.
Pearce, who signed for the Gulls in the summer after three seasons at Meadow Lane, still has no idea what caused him to become ill.
"I collapsed on the Thursday morning before training and spent the day in hospital.
"They did a load of checks on my heart because they thought it was a heart problem, but they passed me fit to play and I trained the next day and played on the Saturday.
"Straight after the game I went into the changing room and didn't feel so good.
"I was struggling to breathe, I was really hot and just felt light-headed.
"It was nerve-wracking because I got told I was all-clear and two days later I'm back in hospital.
"They called the ambulance and I spent the next four days in hospital up there hooked up to the monitors for more checks on my heart and stuff."
Doctors were particularly concerned because of Pearce's medical history - he collapsed twice when he was a boy - making doctors fearful that the former Birmingham City trainee had a heart condition.
But his heart is fine, although the incident did make him have to contemplate a premature end to his time as a footballer.
"When someone says your career might be over at just 23 and you're just starting out and all of a sudden you might have to do something different, you think scary thoughts.
"Luckily I got the all-clear to come back and play again.
"It's still a mystery so I'm just trying to eat well and do the right things and keep training."
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