HJELDE SIGNS, PLUS JAKOBS NEWS
Beardsley and Pressman Sign
Both Chris Beardsley and Kevin Pressman put pen to paper today securing themselves a one year deal at Field Mill. For the young Striker it is his second stint at Mansfield after being released by former boss Keith Curle allowing him to sign for League one outfit Doncaster rovers, before moving to Kidderminster Harriers in a bid to help former gaffer Stuart Watkiss avoid the drop to the conference.
Shot Stopper Pressman on the other hand will be making his league debut for the Stags on Saturday away at Edgeley park and he is hoping that his role here will not only to take up a place between the sticks but help Jason White and Michael Langford learn their trade as he believes they are the future of this club.
Clean bill of health as Stags kick-off
CHAD website, 04 August 2005
WITH pre-season going perfectly as planned, Stags go into the new season at Stockport on Saturday (3pm) with a fully fit squad.
With full back Kyle Jacobs now back in training, Carlton Palmer's men has full competition for places and said: "It couldn't really have gone any better.
"I spoke to the chairman yesterday and he said he couldn't believe we had got through pre-season without an injury. But you can achieve it if you do it right.
"I spoke to one or two managers this week and Sheffield Wednesday have about 10 or 12 injured players while Leicester City have only got 16 fit players in the club! So we are pleased.
"Kyle Jacobs has joined in training again the last couple of days after his knee op and he should be ready to fight for a place later this month.
"My biggest job this season will be to keep everyone happy and focused on the job.
"I have already had four players in to see me for a chat. I can ony pick 11 players. But we have three games in the first week and seven in the first month. Over the season, everyone will have a part to play."
Palmer would not reveal his starting line-up or if he would play himself. But he added: "Obviously going back to my old club gives the first game of the season added spice.
"I expect to be booed and jeered. But, to me, it might as well be an empty stadium. That's how I play my football and it won't affect me. All I am interested in as a manager or as a player is winning.
"I honestly believe we can get promoted this season. I have a really good feeling.
"We are not Northampton, Bristol Rovers or Boston - we are not spending that sort of money. I can tell you Julian Joachim at Boston is earning four times what our top earner gets.
"But we are very fit, we can play, we can deal with the football and we have a good attitude. If we can get a good start and keep the belief then we can get promotion."
Mansfield manager Carlton Palmer is optimistic about midfielder Kyle Jacobs' chances of a rapid recovery from knee surgery.
The 18-year-old, who joined the Stags on a free transfer from Oldham last season, has missed much of the their pre-season build-up but returned to training this week.
Palmer said: "Kyle had an operation to tidy up his cartilage but hopefully he will be back soon.
"He didn't need it operating on immediately but he would have needed the procedure at some time in the near future and with seven games in August and quite a lot in September we decided it would be a good idea for him to get it sorted out now, before we lose him when he most needed.
"We sent him for a scan and the specialist found a slight tear and said that he may be able to go on for ages but at some point it would need looking at.
"So the decision was made to get it fixed sooner rather than later."
mansfieldtown.net, 04 August 2005
Veteran defender Jon Olav Hjelde put pen to paper this afternoon signing a deal that will keep him at Field Mill on a one year contract. The former Nottingham Forest Centre half was going to return to his native Norway after being released from Forets but an offer form Stags Boss Carlton Palmer convinced the player to stay in Nottinghamshire for a while longer.
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