STAGS SIGN STRIKER MATT RHEAD /BUT NO BARNES-HOMER
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Cox snaps up big striker
mansfieldtown.net, Tue 31 Jan 2012
Manager Paul Cox has made his second signing of the day with the capture of burly striker Matt Rhead on a free transfer from Conference North outfit Corby Town.
The 27 year old has netted 13 goals in 24 appearances for Corby Town this season.
Rhead has previously enjoyed spells with Congleton Town, Nantwich and Kidsgrove and joins us until the end of the season.
Manager Paul Cox told mansfieldtown.net this afternoon: "Matt is the type of centre forward which we have been looking for for some time now. However, we were quoted a huge fee upon our initial approach to sign him from Corby.
"His physical presence and hold up play will give us a different dimension in our last 16 games.
"His goals to games ratio has been very good for the type of player that he is," he added
Striker Matt Rhead joins Mansfield Town
chad.co.uk, Tuesday 31 January 2012
MANSFIELD TOWN manager Paul Cox made his second signing of transfer deadline day with the capture of burly striker Matt Rhead on a free transfer from Conference North outfit Corby Town.
The 6' 4” frontman links up again with Cox, whom he played under during three seasons at Eastwood Town.
The 27-year-old has netted 13 goals in 24 appearances for Corby this season. Rhead has previously enjoyed spells with Congleton Town, Nantwich and Kidsgrove and joins until the end of the season.
Manager Paul Cox told the club's official website mansfieldtown.net: “Matt is the type of centre forward which we have been looking for for some time now. However we were quoted a huge fee upon our initial approach to sign him from Corby.
“His physical presence and hold up play will give us a different dimension in our last 16 games. His goals to games ratio has been very good for the type of player that he is.”
Rhead becomes Cox's second signing of the day after defender Sam Craven put pen to paper on a deal until the end of the season earlier in the day
New boy Rhead will give Stags 'presence' up front
Nottingham Post, Tuesday, January 31, 2012
MATT Rhead's decision to rebuff a clutch of clubs to sign for Mansfield Town has enabled Paul Cox to reverse 'one of his biggest pre-season mistakes'.
The Stags boss thought about taking his former target man at Eastwood Town with him when he swapped Coronation Park for Field Mill.
But he decided against it and 6ft 4ins Rhead instead moved to Corby Town in the Blue Square Bet North.
Feeling the need for a more robust presence up front, Steelmen striker Rhead has never been far from Cox's thoughts ever since.
And with Corby keen to cut their wage bill after losing sponsorship, the Stags have beaten off competition – understood to be from Kidderminster, Tamworth, Telford, Forest Green and Altrincham – to sign the 27-year-old on a free transfer.
"We were looking at (Matthew) Barnes-Homer, but he is very similar to the kind of player we already have in terms of Matt Green and Ben Hutchinson," said Cox.
"We needed a plan B – when the ball goes up long, it sticks. Someone who can not only bring people into play but also score goals.
"It was probably one of my biggest mistakes in the summer not going for him. I think his presence will allow the midfielders to get forward."
Mansfield have also signed former Notts County defender Sam Craven until the end of the season after a successful trial.
The 23-year-old left-back has spent five years in America, where he played for FC New York in the USL Professional Division.
And, as the post went to press, Cox was trying to negotiate with Crawley to keep defender John Dempster for the rest of the season, either on loan or on a permanent basis.
The player's loan is due to run out on February 22, but the Stags boss also had another defender with Football League experience in his sights
Part-timer striker Rhead aiming to be full-time Stags hero
chad.co.uk, Thursday 2 February 2012
GIANT striker Matt Rhead will be Mansfield Town's first part-time player of the modern era.
Rhead (27), manager Paul Cox's former Eastwood Town hit man, signed from Corby Town this week but, as the deal is only until the summer, Rhead cannot afford to give up his day job.
However, that may change in the summer is he proves a hit at this level.
Said Cox: “Like a lot of players at this level he has a good job which brings him money in. If he does well we will sit down in the summer to see if we can sort something full time that will mean he doesn't lose out.
“Rheady will train with us once a week and will train twice a week elsewhere, probably at Eastwood where he knows them and they know exactly what Matt Rhead needs. So he is only missing out on one session really.”
A burly giant of a striker, turning quickly and racing down the channels are not on the agenda, but Rhead is described as almost unplayable when he holds the ball up and his record of 12 goals in 14 games at Eastwood and then 13 goals in 24 games at Corby suggests he knows where the net is too.
“He is going to bring qualities we have not got at the club at the moment,” said Cox. “With hindsight I wish I had gone with my sixth sense and brought him here with me in the summer.
“I watched him against Kidderminster and he was absolutely immense. I think he can bring the best out of Matt Green.
“He is a player that can come on and upset people. You only have to look at the sheer size of him to understand that. He is 6ft 4ins high and about the same wide as well!
“But he is not just a big target man. If you put the ball into the right areas he will score goals too – even at this level. He is also very articulate with the ball – I have heard him described as the non-League Mark Hughes and technically gifted
twitter.com/radiorhodes Dave Rhodes
#stags #mtfc Former #lutontown striker Matthew Barnes-Homer will NOT be arriving at FM. Wage demands to high.
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