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5th January 2007 14:23

Evening Post, 05 January 2007

Billy Dearden today revealed his determination to land a replacement for Richard Barker before Mansfield are next in action.

The Stags do not play tomorrow as their scheduled match with Torquay United has been postponed until January 30 because the Gulls take on Southampton in the FA Cup.

That is welcome news to Dearden after the departure of 15-goal top scorer Barker to Hartlepool on Wednesday.

He has already begun to make inquiries as he bids to fill the void left by Mansfield's former captain.

And he is hopeful that a new man can be in place for the Stags' next game at Hereford on January 13.

"The break we have now is one good thing and gives me more time to bring in new players," said Dearden.

"I have been on the phone for days and I'm now waiting for managers to come back to me. That's what it is like.

"Everyone is chasing a goalscorer, especially at this time of year. It is easier at the beginning or the end of a season rather than half way through.

"It is always difficult to replace goalscorers but sometimes you have a little bit of luck and someone comes in and scores one or two for you.

"I would like to think there is someone coming in up front before the next game, but it has to be the right person."

It was rumoured that Hartlepool striker Jon Daly could be coming to Field Mill as part of the deal that saw Barker leave.

Dearden did not dismiss out of hand a move for the 23-year-old Dubliner, but said he was just one of several options.

He said: "Daly was mentioned before I came here and I have watched him when he was a Stockport player.

"There are a few players we are interested in."


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