SSA are delighted the club have finally captured the permanent signing of Adam Eaton. Two weeks ago SSA were approached by manager Keith Curle, who asked if the organisation would offer financial support to help bring the defender to Field Mill. SSA agreed to finance a substantial part of the transfer fee to ensure the deal between the Stags and Preston North End was completed. An SSA spokesman said "We are all totally thrilled that such a high quality player like Adam has joined the Stags on a permanent deal. When the manager came to us to ask for help we really had no decision to make, we wanted to back the manager 100% in his attempts to keep the club in Division 2 and so offered our full support. Therefore, we are ectstatic that Adam has joined and believe this to be a really positive step forward in the working relationship between the supporters, the Manager and the Chairman."
Stags boost as Eaton signs
ADAM Eaton finally put pen to paper this afternoon as he signed a two-and-a-half-year deal with Mansfield Town a huge boost ahead of Saturday's six-pointer at Cheltenham.
The left back has spent two highly successful months on loan from First Division Preston North End and had been considering an offer of a full time contract by the Stags for a couple of weeks now.
Eaton's transfer fee remains undisclosed although a reported £5,000 of it has been paid for by the Stags Supporters Association with club funds low right now due to several contracts being paid up recently.
"I am delighted to finally get Adam into the club and I must stress how important the cheque from the supporters was," said player-manager Keith Curle.
"I was desperate to bring him here and without their help it would not have happened.
"A player of Adam's quality, attitude and professionalism is the way forward for this football club.
"Our chairman Keith Haslam has been invaluable in getting the deal finalised, having dealt with the business end with Preston."
Naturally, leaving Preston is a big wrench for Eaton and his family and Curle is particularly pleased they are moving to the Mansfield area.
"It's not like Adam lives two minutes up the road and I was not having a young lad like that commuting every day," said Curle. "Not a young man who I see as a mainstay and part and parcel of this club's future. I needed that commitment from him which we've got. I understand it is not easy with a young family but it just shows he sees his future here."
An added bonus for Mansfield is that Eaton's signature frees up two more loans for Curle.
Stags had just one loan left for the season. But League rules stipulate that a player signed after coming on loan frees up that loan. And Eaton has come on loan to Mansfield twice this season and now signed.
With the transfer deadline only a couple of weeks away and suspensions potentially looming, that is excellent news for Curle.
mansfieldtown.net reports the following:
Today we can alleviate all the doubts and rumours about Adam Eaton's future at Field Mill.
He announced today that he is happy to sign for the Stags and to prove it put pen to paper signing a contract that will tie him to the Mill until June 2004.
For more details, visit mansfieldtown.net
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