STAGS SIGN KEIGAN PARKER AND TYRONE THOMPSON
video interview with Keigan Parker and Tyrone Thompson --->
Stags made double swoop
mansfieldtown.net, Wed 21 Jul 2010
We are delighted to announce the signings of nippy striker Keigan Parker and tough-tackling midfielder Tyrone Thompson this evening.
The pair are to be unveiled to tonight's crowd at home to Nottingham Forest.
Keigan Parker, 27, began his career at St Jonestone, where he spent six seasons. He was subsequently snapped up by Blackpool in 2004 and was Colin Hendry's first signing as manager. He was the club's second top scorer in his third season with the Saddlers,, netting 16 times. In that same season, Parker also helped Blackpool into the Championship with a goal in the play-off final against Yeovil.
The pacy Scotsman subsequently enjoyed spells at Huddersfield Town and Oldham Athletic.
Former Sheffield United trainee Tyrone Thompson, 28, has made over 200 appearances in both non-league and in the Conference.
The industrious midfielder enjoyed successful stints at Scarborough, Halifax, Crawley and most recently Torquay United - where he spent two seasons.
Manager David Holdsworth told mansfieldtown.net: "I am sure both players will be very eager to player for Mansfield Town. They are both equipped with league experience and will certainly add the quality we require."
Team comes first, insists Stags' new striker signing Keigan Parker
Evening Post, 23 July 2010
KEIGAN Parker would sacrifice a 20-goal haul in the coming season if it means Mansfield Town win promotion.
The 28-year-old striker has dropped down to the Blue Square Bet Premier from League One Oldham in a bid to get his career back on track.
The former St Johnstone, Blackpool and Huddersfield man believes he can fill the void left by last season's 17-goal top scorer Jake Speight's move to Bradford City.
But after signing a one-year deal at Field Mill, the Scot insists the success of the team is more important than putting himself back in the spotlight.
"I was playing in the Championship a couple of years ago, but sometimes you have to take a step back to take two forward," said Parker.
"I want to be here and do the best I can for myself and the club and hopefully, over the coming weeks, the fans will see what I'm about.
"I think every striker sets himself some kind of goals target. Twenty goals is usual, but I would be happy to get 16 or 17 if the club can get themselves out of this league.
"I don't want to be too selfish – the most important thing is that the team prospers and if I can lay on goals as well as score them, that's all well and good.
"The ambition of the club and the manager was a big attraction – it matches mine."
Parker has played under Simon Grayson and Colin Hendry at Blackpool and Lee Clark at Huddersfield.
He says Stags boss David Holdsworth reminds him of those League managers.
Parker said: "There are definite similarities between the gaffer and some of the others I have worked with.
"He has the same kind of attributes – the drive and the desire to better himself.
"Those are good qualities to have and when a manager believes in you so much, as David does, it plays a big part in you wanting to sign."
Mansfield's new boy Tyrone Thompson is out to return favour to boss Holdsworth
Evening Post, 24 July 2010
MANSFIELD Town new boy Tyrone Thompson is determined to repay David Holdsworth for helping him out early in his career.
The 28-year-old midfielder was a youngster coming through the ranks at Sheffield United when the Stags boss was a senior pro at Bramall Lane.
Holdsworth took Thompson under his wing, offering useful advice that helped the Sheffield-born player progress through to first team level.
And though he only made one senior appearance for the Blades, Thompson has gone on to enjoy successful spells with Scarborough, Halifax, Crawley and Torquay.
He has not forgotten what Holdsworth did for him and hopes to return the favour after agreeing a one-year deal.
"I have known David for a long time since my Sheffield United days and I used to look up to him as a player," said Thompson.
"He used to look out for the younger lads when he could and pass on his experience, which was very good of him.
"That's why when I knew he was interested in signing me for Mansfield I was keen to join. The connection was there and I wanted to play for him.
"I have lived down in the south west while at Torquay and this gives me the chance to play closer to home.
"I also know that if the right squad is put together, this club has a chance of getting back in the Football League."
Thompson has already experienced the joy of winning promotion from the Blue Square Bet Premier while at Torquay.
He was part of the Gulls' squad – along with ex-Stag Blair Sturrock – that beat Cambridge United 2-0 at Wembley at the end of the 2008-09 campaign.
Thompson said: "I know we have the right type of pedigree to do well.
"I have played against a lot of them, including Steve Foster, Kevin Sandwith and Matt Somner, so I know there is plenty of ability and experience there."
Meanwhile, midfielder Kyle Nix has returned to Mansfield after his trial with Dutch club Sparta Rotterdam.
He is set to go straight into the squad for today's friendly against Tranmere Rovers as Steven Istead and Matt Somner are battling knocks.
Boss David Holdsworth said: "It doesn't look as if they are going to follow up their interest, but we're pleased to have him back,"
Magno Vieira, who was a Stags target, has joined Fleetwood Town.
Mansfield Town unveil Parker and Thompson as new signings
Evening Post, 21 Jul 2010
KEIGAN Parker and Tyrone Thompson have been unveiled as Mansfield Town's newest recruits.
The pair stand by to make their Stags debuts in a Field Mill friendly against Nottingham Forest tonight.
Scottish striker Parker, 28 joins the Stags after being released by Oldham Athletic at the end of last season.
He struggled to make headway at Boundary Park, scoring just twice in 17 starts and 10 substitute appearances.
But his record prior to that at Blackpool and St Johnstone, where he began his career, was much more impressive.
The former Scotland under-21 international, hit 40 goals in a four year stay at Blackpool, including a Wembley strike in the Tangerines' 2007 2-0 League One play-off final victory over Yeovil.
The Livingston-born hitman had previously bagged 25 goals after coming through the youth ranks at St Johnstone.
Parker has also been at Huddersfield Town and spent loan spells at Hartlepool United and Bury.
Sheffield-born midfielder Thompson, also 28, came through Sheffield United's centre of excellence before making one senior appearance for the Blades.
He has since played for Huddersfield, Scarborough, Halifax, Crawley and, most recently, Torquay.
He amassed 47 appearances in two seasons at Plainmoor, scoring once.
New signings paraded before crowd
CHAD.co.uk, 21 July 2010, By John Lomas
Stags unveiled their two new signings before kick-off, striker Keigan Parker and midfielderTyrone Robinson, though neither were in the squad for the game.
Parker (28) is a former Scottish U21 international striker who has played and scored goals at a high level for most of his career.
Born in Livingstone, he spent his first six years playing at St Johnstone where his scoring record earned him a move to Blackpool and a reputation as a future major star.
In May 2007 came the crowning moment of his career so far when he netted in the League One play-off final at Wembley as Blackpool beat Yeovil Town 2-0 – a 20 yard top corner curler.
But, despite finishing as the club's second top scorer in 2006/07, he failed to win a regular place the following season and has since plyed his trade at Huddersfield Town and Oldham with brief loan spells at Hartlepool and Bury, being released by Oldham this summer.
He has been linked with Sheffield Wednesday, Brentford, Brighton and Hove Albion and Scunthorpe United as well as a move back to Scotland this summer.
A former trainee at Sheffield United, attacking midfielder Thompson (28) had loan spells at Lincoln City and Doncaster before moving to Huddersfield where he made just two appearances.
But a transfer to Scarborough kick-started his career and, after a season there as an ever-present, he has had successful spells with Halifax, Crawley, where he was skipper, and Torquay from where he was released in May. He has also played for the England C team.
"They are two cracking lads and cracking players," said boss David Holdsworth. "The fans gave them a warm welcome as I expected they would.
"They are both fit boys and might get 20 minutes against Tranmere on Saturday but I want to get a full week's training with them and have fixed up a game at Eastwood on Thursday when they will probably start.
"They have know of my interest for some time and how fit I would want them to be so they have been working hard.
"It has taken a lot of hard work to get Keigan here. I have had some good dialogue with his representative for nearly two months now and I am delighted he is here as he could have taken a lot more money elsewhere.
"He has bought into what we are trying to do here which is important. He wants to enjoy his football which I am sure he will here and I hope he can recapture that goalscoring instinct. Keigan has both age and experience on his side.
"I am sure the fans will love him and certainly buy into him. All successful teams have a catalyst and he could be ours.
"Tyrone has experienced promotion with Torquay and the lad is an athlete, very fit.
"You need someone who can get from box to box and he does that. Tyrone is also a natural leader."
Parker scores at Wembley for Blackpool in play-off final (at 3:09) --->
Parker in The Sun --->
Stags set to miss out on striker as Holdsworth considers his options
Evening Post, 22 Jul 2010
MANSFIELD Town look set to miss out in the race to sign Magno Vieira.
The talented striker is out of contract after scoring 18 goals for relegated Ebbsfleet United last season.
Stags boss David Holdsworth had hoped to bring the former Carlisle, Barnet and Wycombe man to Field Mill.
The Brazilian was the third player he had hoped to unveil alongside two other new faces – striker Keigan Parker and midfielder Tyrone Thompson – at last night's home friendly with Nottingham Forest.
But he has faced stiff competition from elsewhere for Vieira's signature and it seems the 25-year-old is poised to agree terms with another team.
"My pursuit of Magno Vieira looks likely that it will be falling short with other clubs able to offer him bigger packages," said Holdsworth.
"Magno knows me and I have been on his case for over a year now, but it is one of those frustrating ones.
"I have done a lot of work behind the scenes and he's a cracking lad, but he's one that's slipped through our hands.
"He likes the club, but we haven't been able to compete on this occasion in a crucial area.
"But I have still got two or three other options.
"We have got a couple of young lads we can call on, but we still have to try to get a striker with a little bit more knowledge."
Meanwhile, frontman Rob Duffy is having an operation today to solve his chronic appendicitis problem.
It means the Welshman is likely to miss that start of the Blue Square Bet Premier season against Forest Green Rovers on August 14.
Holdsworth added: "Rob is going to be two weeks before he can do any work and start training again.
"By that time there is only going to be ten days to go before the start of the season, so it's extremely unlikely he'll be in a position to start it.
"It's a shame because he was looking very well in training, but I know he will work hard to get back as soon as he can."
CHAD.co.uk: Former Ebbsfleet star striker Magno Viera is a target for Mansfield But boss David Holdsworth admitted: "I have spoken at length with Magno Viera's representative but it looks unlikely I can bring him here. I am trying very hard and won't give up. But I can't compete with a couple of the offers he has on the table. We know he can score goals in this division and we are still a striker short. But I do have other irons in the fire if we can't get him."
Brazilian flair upfront for Town
22 July 2010
Micky Mellon has moved to strengthen his front line in readiness for Fleetwood Town's debut in the Blue Square Bet Premier.
Magno Silva Vieira scored over 20 goals in the Conference National last season for relegated Ebbsfleet United.
The Brazilian-born striker won the January Blue Square Premier Player of the Month award, after scoring five goals in five games. He also won the club's Supporters Player of the Year award in 2009-10.
Vieira started his career with Wigan Athletic and has also appeared Carlisle United, Barnet and Crawley Town.
Mellon said he welcomes the additional attacking option.
“We're absolutely delighted to bring Magno on board. It's been quite a long chase to bring him in and he's just what we need. Firepower and pace is needed upfront to take the load off the lads.
“He brings an experienced goal-scoring ability, not just in the Conference but in the Football League as well. This is a very exciting signing for the football club.
Town have drawn blanks in their last three pre-season games and Mellon will be looking for improvements in front of goal.
“It's not just scoring. We haven't created enough chances either. Fine tuning is the job at the moment. None of team selections have been with the intention of winning a football game. Actual minutes on the pitch is all important right now and accommodating the varying playing styles we have available due to the strength of the squad.”
“Magno definitely brings that goal scoring ability. I expect to see him in training next week.”
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