BUXTON TRIAL AT CREWE + HOLMES SIGNS FOR EASTWOOD
Baker expects quick decision on trialist
THE SENTINEL, 15/07/2008
by Graham Tong
Crewe Alex have handed a trial to former Mansfield Town skipper Jake Buxton.
The 23-year-old centre-back has linked up with Crewe after being handed a free transfer from the Blue Square Premier club.
He was released by mutual consent following their relegation from League Two and joined Crewe for training on Saturday. Buxton, who started his career as a trainee at Mansfield, made his first-team debut against the Alex in 2002.
He took over the captaincy last season and scored twice in 46 games - but blotted his record with three red cards.
Crewe first-team coach Steve Holland is expected to field Buxton in today's pre-season friendly at Quorn.
And the Alex are seeking to make a swift decision on his future.
Assistant manager Neil Baker, who will oversee today's other friendly against Biddulph Vics, said: "Jake negotiated a free transfer from Mansfield and he's a player we've seen a few times. From what I've seen before, he's a good defender who's more than capable in the air.
"We've brought him in on trial for this week and we'll have to decide whether he's someone we'd want for the season ahead. I'd expect us to make a decision on him pretty quickly."
Former Stags striker on the move
Evening Post, 16/07/2008
Former Mansfield striker Ian Holmes has signed for UniBond Premier Division side Eastwood Town.
The 23-year-old has agreed a one-year deal at Coronation Park, with the option of a second.
The highlight of Holmes' time at Field Mill was his winner in Mansfield's shock 2-1 win at Brighton in the FA Cup in January.
But he found it difficult to win a regular starting berth after joining for an undislcosed fee from Matlock last September.
Holmes made just six starts and 13 substitute appearances He was loaned out to Telford United in March before being released by the Stags at the end of the season.
But while not quite making it at Football League level, Eastwood manager Paul Cox is excited by the impact the hitman can make at UniBond League level.
“I think Ian is a massive signing for us. There is no doubting he is a quality player,” he said.
“He scored goals in the UniBond before and if anything, he is a better player now than he was then.”
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