Jon D'Laryea re-signs
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D'Laryea back at Stags as McEwan's second signing
JON D'Laryea has agreed to return for the Stags on reduced wages - a move which has cheered new boss Billy McEwan.
Midfielder D'Laryea (22) made an instant impact after joining from Manchester City, making more than 100 appearances since joining Field Mill on an initial loan in October 2005.
But an ankle injury has limited his appearances over the past two seasons and he was released at the end of the last season by the club's previous owners against the wishes of the then manager Paul Holland.
However, D'Laryea came back in to train after Holland said he would like him back.
And he has now signed a new deal for the new manager - a move hinted at earlier on Wednesday by McEwan at Chad.co.uk.
"He is one I already knew about and he is a nice kid," McEwan told Chad.
"He picked up an injury and I know it affected him badly when the club were relegated.
"He has agreed to come back on less money which is fantastic. He knows the club are now in the Conference and can only pay Conference wages while he was on League wages here before. But he wants to come back and help us."
The player himself told mansfieldtown.net: "I have loved my time here. If I had left it would have been a place I would have missed. Once the opportunity came to stay here and give it another chance, I was more than happy to do it.
"The new gaffer expressed an interest to sign me as well (as previous manager Paul Holland) and I took that chance."
On taking a pay cut, he added: "To be honest it is just about playing football and getting back to the standard I was at before my injury and to hopefully surpass that, the money side was not an issue."
And on returning from the long-term injury, he said: "It was not easy, even when I broke back into the first team. I had some good games as well as some bad ones . . . hopefully this season can be different.
"I feel 100% fit and hopefully people can see my true colours (next season). It's my ambition to help this club get back up into the Football League."
When asked about new manager Billy McEwan, D'Laryea added: "He took training today and showed he is a good coach . . . he can definitely be the right man to turn Mansfield around."
And to the fans, he said: "I don't think anyone questioned the support last season . . . I just hope they can all get behind us this season and drive us back into the Football League."
To listen to a full audio interview with the player by Mark Stevenson of mansfieldtown.net, click here.
D'Laryea takes cut to stay
Jonathan D'Laryea has won instant praise from his new boss Billy McEwan by taking a wage cut to stay at Mansfield.
The midfielder had joined up with the club for pre-season training last Wednesday in a bid to win a new contract.
"Jonathan wants to stay and he's very understanding of the situation," said McEwan.
"He's one of the few players I have come across who has realised the situation the club is in and taken a wage drop.
"I said to him I wouldn't be able to offer him what he was on and he said to me 'I wouldn't expect that anyway Mr McEwan.'
"He's willing to drop his salary because he knows he would be in the Conference on League money, so fair dues to him."
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