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17th January 2009 0:14

David Holdsworth video interview here to explain Monday's comings and goings.


Stags transfer list 3 players - 3 players come in on trial
CHAD.co.uk, 12 January 2009, By Tim Morriss and John Lomas

MANSFIELD Town have on Monday transfer listed three players - and brought in three players on trial.

Full story at CHAD.co.uk here

Gavin Hurren, Jason White and Nathan Arnold are the three to be told they can leave the Stags - 24 hours after Chad suggested that the club would be off-loading some players this week.

And more will follow them out of the club, according to new manager David Holdsworth as he continues to make his mark at the club while still waiting for his first match in charge.

Meanwhile, Stranraer have given permission for defender John Kane and midfielder and deadball specialist Martin McBride (22) to come to Field Mill for a week's trial.

Goalkeeper Paul Farman (19), a former Newcastle trainee who has been at Blyth Spartans, is also on trial at the Stags - and two more trialists may follow ahead of Wednesday's reserve match. One of these is from League One and the other from a Conference club.

Also on Monday, the club ruled out a move for experienced striker Daryl Clare, after days of speculation, due to the player's wage demands.

"He is a very good player, but we can't afford him; you can only shop in Harrods if you pay Harrods prices," said manager Holdsworth.

Holdsworth, who last week brought six new faces to the club and saw three loan players leave, had already intimated that White would be allowed to leave on loan.

But his decision to transfer list the versatile Hurren, who recently filled in as a defender, and youth system product Arnold will be a surprise to some fans.

Talking about the decision to list Arnold, the manager said the wingman wanted to keep his options open this summer when he is out of contract at the club.

Holdsworth added: "We would like to keep him on a longer term contract, and we will sit down again and look at options should they arise.

"But he is a young man eager to go to the next level and wants to keep his options open. I would never stand in anybody's way but I want players to commit to this club."

"But I won't be held to ransom by any player, not that I am suggesting Nathan is doing that.

"We get on fine. But I need players who are prepared to commit to this football club."

This season Arnold has been called up to the England U21 side and made his international debut in Sarejevo. The 21-year-old has scored 12 goals in 96 games for the club, including substitute appearances.

On the decision to release Hurren, the boss said: "Gavin is very happy here, but at the moment he is not going to be playing and needs to look at the situation.

"He and Matt Somner are very similiar players and living in Birmingham, it's a long drive every day for him. He has to get up a lot earlier than the other boys and that extra hour and a half travel may affect you.

"Maybe if the opportunity came up to move and play nearer home it would suit him better."

Utility player Hurren (23) joined the Stags in the summer after being released by Kidderminster and started nine matches, appeared as a substitute in a further five and scored one goal.

Holdsworth - stressing that the decisions to release players was his alone - added: "I love them to bits - they are great lads and while they are here they are available for selection and I know that if they pull the shirt on they will give me 100 per cent.

"There will be more leaving - trust me. Those that want to convince me they have a future here have to do that with performances. The door is not shut on anyone - it's still half open."

"The days have gone of players getting contract after contract without earning it. There are loads of good players out there and one thing I have got is lots of contacts. Last week we didn't have any 'goalies', now we have them coming out of our ears, he joked."

And talking about the decision to allow White (24), who has made 55 first team appearances after joining the Stags as a trainee, to go, the manager said: "Jason needs to play games."

Just last Thursday Holdsworth had told Chad: "I love wingers, so players like Michael Blackwood and Nathan Arnold will enjoy themselves under me."

But he also warned: "There may be casualties - that's life! I am here to win."

And today he reiterated: "There will be more leaving - trust me. Those that want to convince me they have a future here have to do that with performances. The door is not shut on anyone - it's still half open."

"The days have gone of players getting contract after contract without earning it. There are loads of good players out there and one thing I have got is lots of contacts."

Talking about the triallists, he told Chad: "McBride was techincally one of the best midfield players that I had at Scotland (Gretna); a deadball specialist who can provide the link between the midfield and forward and also play on either wing.

"Kane can play either centre half or right back. He is a tough tackler and a good organiser."

Kane has started 50 matches for the Scottish Division II club, while McBride has started 37 matches in a career which has also taken in Cowdenbeath and Albion Rovers.

The two Stranraer triallists may play in Wednesday's reserve team match if they can get international clearance and permission from Stranraer.

On Blyth keeper Farman, the manager added: "I am very aware of players in the north east. He is a good prospect, very able and agile. I like competition for places at goalkeeper."

Triallist keeper Dan Whatsize - who joined the Stags last week - and striker Mark Stallard, fighting his way back to fitness, will feature in the game.

One deal already sorted is an 18-month deal for midfielder Jon D'Laryea which the new boss felt epitomised the level of commitment he wants from his players.

"The new deal I sorted with Jon took just 10 minutes which was a great response and fans should embrace that," he said. "He has worked really hard with a smile on his face since I came here.

"I want to increase his capacity for scoring and getting about the park."


Three in and three listed at Stags
Evening Post, 12/01/2009

Mansfield have today brought in three more players on trial – while a trio of others have been transfer listed.

Full story at Evening Post website here

Boss David Holdsworth is taking a look at goalkeeper Paul Farman, 19, from Blyth Spartans and defender John Kane, 21, and midfielder Martin McBride, 21, both from Stranraer.
But Nathan Arnold, Gavin Hurren and Jason White – all whose deals run out in the summer – have been told they can leave the club.

The three trialists are players Holdsworth knows from his time as a coach at Gretna.

“Paul is someone I am aware of from last season when he was with Newcastle. Dan Whatsize is here but it's important we keep our eyes peeled,” he said.

“John is a centre half or right back who is a tough tackler and a good organiser.

“Martin was technically one of the best midfielders I had up in Scotland, is a dead ball specialist and can provide a link between the midfield and forwards. The two lads from Scotland will be here for a week.”

All three players and Whatsize could play some part in Wednesday's reserve game with Derby County.

Holdsworth is also hoping to have two more players in on trial, one from a League One side and one from a Conference side.

On the listing of the three current squad members, Holdsworth added: “I have spoken to each of the three lads individually about their situations. I have given them my reasons for it.

“If the opportunity is there for them to move on, then they will be able to – I won't stand in their way.

“Nathan is slightly different. We would like to keep him on a longer term contract.

“When you are a young man you are eager to go to the next level and sometimes you want to keep your options open.

“But I only want players who are fully committed to this football club.”


Stags boss happy to stay patient over Scottish duo
CHAD.co.uk, 15 January 2009
By John Lomas
BOTH Stags trialists from Stranraer have impressed in training this week - but both may find themselves back in Scotland on Monday.
The Scottish Second Division club gave permission to Mansfield Town to have defender John Kane and midfielder Martin McBride for a week's trial, though international clearance could not be obtained in time to play them in a game.

Stags boss David Holdsworth said that they had impressed and wouldn't rule out a move for them either now or in the summer.

"Deals like this are not done easily - let's not forget they live in Scotland," he told Chad.

"It won't be done overnight and it's a foregone conclusion I couldn't get international clearance to play them this Saturday!

"I know Martin's contract runs out this summer and maybe I will have to wait until then - but I am patient.

"John is a solid defender and Martin is a player I like - he would bring something different to the squad."

However, he added: "Firstly I have got to be fair to the players already here and give them a chance.

"It would be disrespectful to bring someone else in for the sake of it.

"I have not seen anyone in the trenchs yet have I? We are on the dance floor but I have yet to see any of them dance!"


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