CONNOR SIGNS 18 MONTH DEAL
Connor pens fresh deal
mansfieldtown.net, Tue 01 Feb 2011
Top scorer Paul Connor has signed a new 18 month deal, we are delighted to announce.
The former Rochdale and Lincoln forward, who has bagged an impressive 13 goals so far this season, already had a contract until this summer but has elected to pledge himself for longer as we continue to strive for a return to the Football League.
Connor was signed by former manager David Holdsworth last July with supporters group The 12th Stag contributing towards his wages.
After penning his new deal, the 32-year-old paid tribute to the fans' group: "I am delighted to have signed this new deal, but without Paul [Nyland of the 12th Stag], I probably wouldn't be here. The work he and his team do is fantastic and is appreciated by everyone at the club."
Mansfield boss Russell delighted to keep hold of 'one of best players'
Evening Post, 2 Feb 2011
MANSFIELD Town boss Duncan Russell today spoke of his relief at securing Paul Connor on a contract until the summer of 2012.
The Stags boss feared losing the 13-goal hitman in the January transfer window, with Blue Square Premier rivals Darlington understood to be interested.
Those rumours were fuelled by Connor's links to the north-east, having been born in nearby Bishop Auckland and still having family in the area.
But with Connor's current deal expiring in the summer, the Stags have managed to tie up the 32-year-old on a new 18-month deal.
Russell knows it is just as important to keep his key men at Field Mill as attracting new talent to strengthen his squad.
"Paul is up among the top scorers in the division and has already got a good tally for this point in the season," he said.
"You are always looking to add to your side but you also need to be able to keep hold of players who you need not just this season, but next season as well.
"Paul spoke last week with both myself and Steve (Barker, chief executive) about it (a contract extension).
"I'm glad we've got something done because he's a class act. He's one of the older ones and has experience but at the same time he still has the pace he needs too."
Skipper Adam Murray is already committed to the club for next season after signing an 18-month deal at the start of last month following a loan spell from Luton.
Murray said: "Conns is one of those players you need. He's still as fit as a fiddle as well and is important to the way we play."
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