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10th July 2007 21:43

Evening Post, 10 July 2007

Mansfield boss Billy Dearden today insisted he is in no rush to sign a replacement for Giles Coke.

The Stags boss was disappointed when the 21-year-old central midfielder turned down a contract at Field Mill to join League Two Northampton.

But while he is on the look-out for someone to fill Coke's boots, he will take his time.

"The tribunal to decide the compensation we receive for Cokey will be anytime within the next month but, in the meantime, if someone does come available who will be beneficial to us then we will have a look," said Dearden.

"We will see how it goes for the moment, but that doesn't mean we won't be getting a replacement."

Dearden had to rely on his youngsters when Coke and other first teamers broke down in the second half of last season.

He said: "Sometimes you can replace a departed player from what you already have at the club. One or two of the kids are coming through and I have had a word with them and told them they have to stake their claim for a place."

Dearden has been pleased with his players following their return to pre-season training.

"It is going to be more difficult this week. The lads who have been out injured have just been taking it a bit easier for the first two or three days," he said.

"One or two of the lads have come back lighter than when they went away and one or two slightly heavier, but nothing out of the ordinary."

Mansfield's youngsters get their pre-season games under way on Friday when they visit Glapwell (7pm).


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