HOLDSWORTH AFTER STRIKER / CLARE CONFIDENT
Video interview with David Holdsworth, 22 June 2009
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Clare confident fitness will help
Clare interview with BBC Radio Nottingham
Mansfield Town striker Daryl Clare is hoping that extra training this summer will help give him an edge in the Blue Square Premier next season.
The 30-year-old, who joined the Stags in March, is working hard in a bid to regain his fitness levels.
Clare told BBC Radio Nottingham: "We did the month's intensive training and then the plan was for four weeks' rest.
"I felt, due to the performances I was putting in, it was time to get back to fitness levels that I've had before."
The Jersey-born one-time Republic of Ireland B cap did not play for four months last season for personal reasons.
After scoring on his Stags debut in March, Clare failed to score in his next eight appearances and he is determined to put that right.
He said: "I don't think I performed anywhere near the standard I've set myself.
"I will never use excuses that I was unfit or had problems because you should be able to turn up and perform, but I wasn't happy with what I produced and that's put a bit of fire in my belly.
"My record in goal speaks for itself but you can't just turn up and expect to score goals, you have to put in the hard work behind the scenes."
Holdsworth homes in on striker
CHAD.co.uk, 23 June 2009, By John Lomas
MANSFIELD Town boss David Holdsworth said he had a 'very, very good meeting' with a young, high-profile League centre forward yesterday.
But he has two more League strikers to speak to before any decision is made.
"I had a very, very good meeting yesterday and when you meet quality players they always bring an element of prestige and a different level of context," he said.
"The boy I met is a very good young League player but I won't be able to conclude any deals until I have met two other players this week.
"All three are League players who are very different. They all have their own specialities.
"I think I know which direction I am going in, but it will all come down to the financial package in the end."
The new striker, who could be on board by Thursday, will all but complete Stags' squad for next season, though Holdsworth said he may also bring in robust former Sheffield Wednesday striker Jason Bradley to look at in pre-season training.
SUMMER INS: Paul Heckingbottom, Gary Mills, Tim Sandercombe, Daryl Clare, Luke Graham, Luke Jones, Jake Speight, Steven Istead, Craig Armstrong.
SUMMER OUTS: Nathan Arnold, Anthony Howell, Neil MacKenzie, Paul Mayo, Michael Blackwood, Gianluca Havern, Chris Wood, Jamie McGhee, Ryan Goward, Lewis Trimmer, Warren Burrell, Adie Moses, Jason White, Mark Stallard, Aaron O'Connor, Alan O'Hare, Alex Jeannin, Curtis Woodhouse.
Stags patient in striker search
Evening Post, June 23, 2009
DAVID Holdsworth today insisted he will be patient in completing Mansfield Town's strike force after missing out on Justin Richards and Michael Rankine.
The Stags boss was in the hunt for both hitmen, who have joined League Two Cheltenham and Blue Square rivals York City respectively.
Holdsworth says there are still plenty of other players who would be ideal in joining Rob Duffy, Daryl Clare and Jake Speight in the fight for starting places at Field Mill.
And with most of his squad now in place for the new campaign, he will take his time in finding the right candidate.
"The two lads were among a dozen targets because they are the type of player I like," said Holdsworth.
"With Richards, if he was going to sign for any club in the Conference then it would have been us.
"But he has got a good move and I wish him all the best.
"Rankine was another player who I liked but I wish him well at York.
"I'm very happy with the forward line I have and I will take my time to add to it.
"I am seeing three centre forwards this week, but there is no reason to rush in."
Holdsworth is happy with the variety of attacker available to him with Louis Briscoe and teenager Conor Higginson also available to operate there.
But he still believes another option is vital over the course of a long season in which the Stags hope to be challenging for a play-off place.
Holdsworth said: "I have got plenty of pace, height and power, now I want to get the quality level that will make a bit of difference."
Holdsworth is also on the look-out for a 'forward-thinking' midfield player.
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