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Brough goes out on loan to Stags
Wednesday, November 04, 2009


MANSFIELD TOWN have stepped in to the gap left by Stevenage Borough and agreed to sign Torquay United's out-of-favour midfielder Michael Brough on loan for the rest of the season.
The two Blue Square Premier promotion chasers both wanted to sign Brough, 28, who has just spent a successful month with his former club Stevenage.
But Borough were unable to agree terms for an extended loan.
Now Brough, who has played only five games for the Gulls since he signed from Forest Green Rovers in the summer of 2008, has a chance to set his career off in a new direction.
Stags boss David Holdsworth has just won the BSP Manager Of The Month award, and his side is fourth in the table with real hopes of regaining the Football League place that was lost 18 months ago.
Nottingham-born Brough is also heading much nearer home.
Confirming the news, United manager Paul Buckle said: "We wish Michael all the best.
"It's a good outcome for all concerned.
"This is where we are as a club now — new players are coming in and others are going out."
Brough commented: "I have really enjoyed the club, the lads here are brilliant and it's a great place to live.
"But I'm a footballer, and I want to play regularly. That's been missing for me."
Buckle is continuing his search for new signings, following last week's loan deal for Southampton winger Jake Thomson.
He revealed: "I just missed out on another target this week.
"We'll keep going with other possibilities, but we're really concentrating on the Cheltenham cup-tie now."


Eley back at Field Mill
Evening Post, November 03, 2009

GOALKEEPER Ed Eley has today re-joined Mansfield Town on loan from Grimsby for a further two months.


Eley will now stay with the Stags until the end of this calendar year.
"I'm delighted. I loved my last spell here," he said.
"I expected to return to Grimsby but received the phone call to come back here and I was straight back down the motorway."
With Tim Sandercombe out injured, the 18-year-old has played understudy to Alan Marriott since joining the Stags from Blundell Park a month ago.


Stags miss out on Langley
Evening Post, November 04, 2009

MANSFIELD Town boss David Holdsworth today admitted his frustration at failing to land former QPR midfielder Richard Langley.


The 29-year-old has been training with the Stags in recent weeks in a bid to earn a contract as he makes his comeback from a cruciate knee ligament injury.
Langley has impressed Holdsworth to the point where the Stags manager was keen to tie the player to a Field Mill contract.
But any deal has been scuppered in the financial detail.
Langley would have to relocate to play for Mansfield and the club has been unable to come up with a package to make it worthwhile.
"Unfortunately we won't be pursuing Richard any further, which is a shame because he has impressed me with his talent and quality," said Holdsworth.
"His location to us is the biggest problem and we are not in a position to bring him up here, which would be costly.
"These are the things that sometimes happen when you are a football manager.
"I maybe have one or two other options, but I'm content with the make-up of the squad."
A Mansfield side lost 4-1 to Chesterfield in a friendly at Saltergate yesterday.
Trialist Anthony Peters 'did fine' for Stags while Jake Speight scored their goal.
Holdsworth added: "Some of the fringe players got 60 minutes under their belts and some of the youngsters did well too.
"It was definitely a worthwhile exercise and the result was the last thing on my mind."
Ed Eley has re-joined the Stags on loan from Grimsby as cover for Alan Marriott while regular number two Tim Sandercombe continues his comeback from a thigh injury.
He will stay with the club for a further two months.


Stags midfielder Kyle Nix out until the new year
CHAD.co.uk, 02 November 2009, By Stephen Thirkill
MIDFIELDER Kyle Nix will undergo an operation to cure his injured ankle.


Nix went over on his anke at the John Fretwell training ground and will go under the knife following medical advice.
The news is the latest injury blow for boss David Holdsworth and comes just when Nix was beginning to show his best form in a Stags shirt.

"Nix will needs an operation and will be out until the new year,"said Holdsworth.

"He is a player who gives us good balance and someone that we will miss.

"He was starting to show his best form for us and his absence will be a big loss and is another man down in our squad.

"We did not want to go down the operation route, but we have received a second opinion."

The former Bradford City player has made 12 starts for Stags this season and scored one goal.

Striker Louis Briscoe has not fully recovered from his leg injury after he fell down the stairs at home and is likely to be out for another week


Stags' Holdsworth eyes new blood to cover for Nix
Evening Post, November 03, 2009

DAVID Holdsworth will bid to strengthen his Mansfield Town squad after being told Kyle Nix could be sidelined until the New Year.

The central midfielder is to have surgery on an ankle problem after having a scan.
Nix's lay-off is a blow to the Stags, who take a break from their Blue Square Premier campaign to take on Forest Green in the FA Cup first round proper on Saturday.
But Holdsworth hopes to juggle his resources to have a new face in place by the time the squad travel to Gloucestershire.
"I have to be able to fill up the bench at Forest Green on Saturday and at the moment I can only just about do that," he said.
"I might have to bring in another player. Either someone who is out of contract or someone on loan.
"Kyle is certainly a player we are going to miss and could well be out until the New Year.
"He was just starting to come into his own and was one of our best players in those games leading up to his injury.
"He's had a scan and a second opinion and the boy needs an operation.
"We didn't want to go down the route of an operation. We were hoping it might just be a case of an injection."
Paul Heckingbottom is 50-50 to make the trip to the New Lawn after coming off in Saturday's 1-1 draw with Histon with a back spasm.
Louis Briscoe (knee) is unlikely to play, but may be in contention for the game at Crawley on November 14.
Tim Sandercombe (thigh) is spending time at Lilleshall this week to step up his rehabilitation.
Mansfield visit Chesterfield today for a friendly match that will involve a mixture of fringe players, trialists and youth teamers.
Anthony Peters is poised to play but Mansfield are not pursuing their initial interest in fellow trialists James McQuilkin and Kevin Thornton.
Matt Somner is also set to play 45 minutes after being suspended for the first team's 1-1 draw with Histon last Saturday.


Stags' Nix out until 'New Year'
Evening Post, November 02, 2009

MANSFIELD Town midfielder Kyle Nix will undergo ankle surgery which is likely to keep him out until the New Year, manager David Holdsworth revealed today.


It has been decided the former Bradford City man needs to go under the knife after having a scan and seeing a specialist.
Nix had been in excellent form before turning his ankle on the club's training ground.
He was last week named in the latest England C squad to face Poland later this month, but has now been forced to pull out.
"Kyle is certainly a player we are going to miss and could well be out until the New Year," said Holdsworth.
"He was just starting to come into his own and was one of our best players in those games leading up to his injury.
"He's had a scan and a second opinion and the boy needs an operation.
"We didn't want to go down that route. We were hoping it might just be a case of an injection around the troublesome spot.
"It's a shame for the kid and a loss to the squad."
Holdsworth predicts Louis Briscoe will need a further two weeks on the sidelines to recover from his knee injury.
Paul Heckingbottom, who came off against Histon because of a back spasm, is 'touch and go' for Saturday's first round proper FA Cup tie at Forest Green Rovers on Saturday.
Holdsworth added: "Hopefully Louis will be ready in two weeks but this weekend might be too much for him.
"With Hecks, we won't really know until Thursday. We will give it 48 hours to settle down.
"But he is such a good player in a specialist position and that's why we want him out there."
Tim Sandercombe is spending time at Lilleshall this week in a bid to step up his rehabilitation, though Holdsworth is not certain how much longer the goalkeeper will be out.
Mansfield will play a friendly game against Chesterfield at Saltergate tomorrow.
Matt Somner, suspended for the weekend's 1-1 draw with Histon, will play 45 minutes.
Trialist Anthony Peters will also take the field but Holdsworth is not pursuing his initial interest in Kevin Thornton and James McQuilkin.
Altrincham defender James Smith has ben handed a three-game ban by the FA, after being found guilty of violent conduct against Mansfield.
He appeared to elbow striker Jake Speight in the Stags' 3-0 FA Cup win.


Stags seek FA Cup cash boost
CHAD.co.uk, 03 November 2009, By Stephen Thirkill
CHAIRMAN Andy Perry is banking on Stags to overcome Forest Green Rovers in the FA Cup first round on Saturday and kickstart a charge to a glamour tie in the third round.


Stags, who currently sit fourth in the Blue Square Conference, are confident they can eliminate lowly Forest Green and move themselves one step nearer to a possible tie with one of the Premier League big boys.

So far the Field Mill club has bagged £12,500 in FA Cup prize money, with another £18,000 coming in to boost club coffers if they overcome the Gloucestershire side.

And for Andy Perry a good cup run is vital to helping the club board achieve their goal of promotion back to the Football League.

Said Perry: "The prize money and potential revenues through the FA Cup is very important to a Conference club when money is hard to find and can help plug the shortfall in tv money this season."

"Forest Green is a good draw for us and a tie we can win. We want to get to the third round and draw one of the big boys.

"Getting into the third round and maybe getting a live television game goes a long way to raising the profile of our club, as well as the financial implications.

"A big tie puts us in the national spotlight just like the Middlesborough game did. It also makes people take note of what we are doing down here.

And for Perry the perfect third round draw would be a lucrative trip up to South Yorkshire to play his beloved Sheffield Wednesday.

"We would love to get one of the big teams and my dream would be to take Mansfield to Hillsborough.

"It would be a great day for myself and for Mansfield Town."

But for boss David Holdsworth the potential money created by a good cup run is a secondary consideration to success on the pitch.

Said Holdsworth: "I am not thinking about the finances at all, I just want to go out there and win the game.

"It would be great to get to the third round to test ourselves against one of the big teams, it is what we all want to do.

"We run a tight ship at this club, we cannot compete with the teams at the top end of the market.

"But that is something we cope with and we will go out there looking to win every game.

"I love the FA Cup, it is something that really excites me and gets people going.

"I would love to get into the third round and play Sheffield United, that would be my dream tie.

"A big tie would be wonderful for our fans. They have been fantastic this season and are always behind us.

"I am really pleased to see people with a smile on their face now. When I came to this club everybody was miserable but things have really changed now.

"We hope to reward them with promotion and a good cup run."


Leaders Oxford can still be caught, says Holdsworth
CHAD.co.uk, 02 November 2009, By Stephen Thirkill
MANSFIELD Town boss David Holdsworth still believes runaway league leaders Oxford United can still be caught.


Stags fell 10 points behind Oxford, who have an eight point lead on second-placed Stevenage, following the weekend point with Histon.

But despite that gap Holdsworth still believes Oxford can be caught over the remaining 28 games.

Said Holdsworth: "I believe that any team can be caught, but full credit to Chris Wilder.

"Oxford only beat Altrincham 1-0 at the weekend, but it is all about the three points and no-one at Oxford will be bothered about the score."

Oxford find themselves in a similar position to last season's champions Burton Albion, who limped over the line in the closing stage of the season despite holding a massive points lead throughout.



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