EATON: MAGPIES WANTED ME TOO
Evening Post, 06 February 2003
Mansfield's on-loan defender Adam Eaton today revealed that Notts County were also interested in taking him from Preston.
But, the 22-year-old full-back is delighted to have the chance of another month at Field Mill and would be happy to stay until the end of the season. Eaton was surprised that he was allowed to leave Deepdale, after being called back by Craig Brown three weeks ago and is looking forward to facing Notts on Saturday.
Once he was allowed to rejoin Keith Curle's side, he jumped at the chance.
He said: "Saturday's match will be an interesting game because I had heard that Notts County had been interested in taking me on loan as well.
"But I wanted to go to Mansfield because I had been there before and enjoyed it.
"My last period here went very well. I won the player-of-the-month award and was voted man-of-the-match as well.
"These things have not gone unnoticed at Preston and the manager has said that he's heard some good reports.
"Hopefully, this month will go as well but, although he says that my future lies at Deepdale, that remains to be seen."
After being called back because a series of injuries and suspensions at North End, his chances in the first team have been restricted and he is desperate to play Nationwide League football.
"I just got a phone call at 4pm on Monday and I was asked if I wanted to go back to Mansfield and I said that I'd love to," he said.
"It was all bit of a rush to play on Tuesday and I didn't expect to be coming back.
"When Craig Brown called me back, I expected to be playing in the Preston first team but I got five minutes in a game against Ipswich and that was it.
"It was his decision to call me back and I thought I would get a chance to play because we had a few injuries and suspensions.
"Regular first-team football is what I want and any player would tell you the same.
"I spoke to the manager and asked him if I could go back to Mansfield and he told me, 'I need you here', so I was surprised when he told me I could go."
Eaton's contract at Deepdale runs out at the end of next season and he says he has been told by Brown that he does figure in his plans.
He said: "I have got another year at Preston and, in my conversations with the manager, I have been told I have got a future with the club.
"I know Keith Curle would like to buy me but we will just have to wait and see.
" It will be something that could be decided at the end of the season but I would like to stay at Mansfield until then if I am not going to be playing at Preston."
He firmly believes that Stags can build on the good defensive performance they put up in Tuesday's goalless draw against Brentford.
Stags were unable to take their chances but Eaton believes there is still plenty to build on.
He said: "In the changing room afterwards, it really felt like we had suffered a defeat because we know we should have won.
"We could have gone in three or four up at half-time.
"The last game I played was against Wycombe and that was exactly the same.
"We seem to be struggling to score at the moment but I'm sure that when one goes in, they will start to flow."
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