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31st August 2013 23:34

Adam Murray update
mansfieldtown.net, 17:45 30th August 2013
Midfielder Adam Murray looks set to head out on loan after requesting to play regular football, we can confirm today.

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Said manager Paul Cox: "After training on Thursday, Adam approached me and asked if he could go out on loan to get first team games and competitive football under his belt.

"Any team in the world would want a fit and strong Adam Murray in their side and I've had conversations with the player regarding the fact that I would like him to work hard, gain his place and come back to captain the side for another successful season."

He added: "I have the unenviable task of trying to keep a whole squad of players happy, which at times is very difficult as I know I have players who are so desperate to play."


Paul Cox on Mansfield 103.2 football forum, 30 Aug 2013, 6pm:

Adam (Murray) felt that he needed to play first team football and get some games under his belt. I want a fit strong Adam Murray back in my side.

We circulated Adam's name. But I think Adam's sorted one or two bits and bobs out himself, and we'll see what happens over the weekend.

Adam approached me and instigated this move. Adam wants to do the best for him and prolong his career.

The statement didn't come from us on Sky Sports news (website). I was surprised by the statement appearing, I only spoke to Adam at 12.00 and the statement came out at 1.00. Sometimes you have to abide by the player and help them out as much as possible.

Adam texted me with a club that has shown interest in him, and I had not even put the circular out there. It is a club in Conference North.

I've got to be fair to everybody, and I can't be one-sided to one player. I'm damned if I do and I'm damned if I don't.

My main priority is to make sure this football club is heading in the right direction.


Mansfield captain and assistant manager Adam Murray set for loan move
skysports.com, By Pete O'Rourke, @skysportspeteo, August 29, 2013 3:22pm

Sky Sports understands Mansfield captain and assistant manager Adam Murray will be allowed to leave the club on loan.


The League Two new boys are thought to be willing to let Murray go out on loan for a month.

The news comes as a surprise as Murray was instrumental in helping them win promotion to the Football League last season and a host of player awards last term.

Murray figured in the first three games of the season for Mansfield, but he has not been involved in the last two games against Wycombe and Portsmouth.

No further details have been given and the player's agent Gino Culbertson advised that he was not in a position to comment at this stage.


twitter.com/StephenThirkill 29 Aug 2013 early evening:

I've been told Mansfield Town will be issuing a statement over the future of Adam Murray tomorrow. #stags


Murtagh could return for Daggers clash
mansfieldtown.net 29th August 2013

Midfielder Keiron Murtagh could feature against Dagenham & Redbridge on Saturday, having completed a full 90 minutes in a behind-closed-doors match this week.

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Murtagh, who joined us from Macclesfield Town in June, has missed our first five competitive matches this term due to a knee problem.

Manager Paul Cox said: “I don’t know if [Saturday’s game] may come a little bit too early for him, but Keiron got through a game this week.

“He did well, but we may still have to check on him before the weekend.”

The Daggers, who are led by Wayne Burnett, make just their second-ever visit to One Call Stadium on Saturday, and our boss anticipates a tough game.

Cox said: “It’ll be tough on Saturday. [Dagenham & Redbridge] have started the season very similar to ourselves and it’ll be a different game to the Portsmouth one in many ways.

“They’re going to be a very hard side to beat. We’ve got reports about them, I’ve seen the DVDs, and they’re like any team at this level.

“They went to Scunthorpe [United] a few weeks ago and earned a very good result, so they’ll be hard to break down, and we might have to be patient.

“I thought the overall performance against Portsmouth was excellent, especially in the second half, but what we want to do now is get three points from a home game.

“But for different reasons, Saturday’s game will be as hard as the Portsmouth game.”

Meanwhile, our boss has also confirmed that striker Jake Speight is available for transfer.

Paul Cox's full interview ahead of Saturday’s clash with Dagenham & Redbridge will be available on StagsPlayer later today. To subscribe, click here.


Speight In Talks With Another Club
mansfield103.co.uk, Thursday 29th August, 2013

Mansfield Town boss Paul Cox has revealed that striker Jake Speight could be on the verge of a move away from the One Call Stadium.


The frontman, who has dropped down the pecking order this season, has had his name circulated to other teams after he was told he could not be guaranteed regular football with the Stags.

And, Cox says it is now a case of wait and see if a deal is done before the transfer window closes.

He told this morning's press conference: "He was in talks with a club and talks are ongoing now.

"We'll see where that is probably after the weekend, whether Jake moves permanently or on loan or he wants to sit and fight and work hard for this club."

Meanwhile, Cox has no immediate plans to bring a new striker in and is determined to get a settled partnership up front, saying: "We've got to work and improve the players that we've already got.

"Ollie Palmer's coming on leaps and bounds, Sam Clucas has been playing up there, and we also have Matt Rhead and Calvin Andrew.

"The main thing is to try and get the balance between the front two who are going to start and get them playing well together and reading well off of each other."


Hard work is key for Clucas
mansfieldtown.net 29th August 2013

Winger Sam Clucas insists that he will give nothing less than 100% commitment and effort, as he aims to improve his all-round game this season.

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The 23-year-old has featured in all five of our competitive matches so far this term, and also wants to emulate last season’s goal-hero, Matt Green.

“I want to be a professional footballer for as long as possible, so if I’m going to play, I don’t care what position it is. I’ll always give 100%,” said Clucas

“I know that I’m not the complete player and I’ve still got to work hard. In every training session, I want to try and improve on my weaknesses.

“The gaffer [Paul Cox] wants me to do what Matt Green did last season, in running behind players, chasing flick-ons and scoring goals.

“I’m learning from the manager, who is showing me different runs that I could make, and I’m enjoying it.

“I’m playing in different positions, and I’m trying to adapt my game to being a striker. Getting game-time will help me to do that.”

Clucas, who hails from Lincoln, scooped the prestigious ‘Player of the Year’ award at Hereford United last season, prior to his summer move to One Call Stadium.

The youngster says that he had no concerns about signing for us when the opportunity arose, and insists that we are a club with a bright future.

“When I came to look around in the summer, I met with the manager and he told me all about the chairman’s plans for the stadium.

“Mansfield Town is a big club. I’ve played here before and enjoyed it, and I know League One or Championship football isn’t too far away from this club in the future.

“We’ve got a lot of things to look forward to during the season. On our day, we think that we can beat anyone.”

Interviews with Sam Clucas and James Jennings will be available on Stags Player later today. To subscribe, click here.


No new faces as Stags hunt first home win
chad.co.uk 28 August 2013

It looks unlikely Mansfield Town will be bringing in any more new faces before the current transfer window closes on Monday as they set their sights on gaining a first home win back in the Football League when Dagenham and Redbridge visit the One Call Stadium on Saturday.


Stags fought out a pulsating 2-2 home draw with former Premier League giants Portsmouth on Saturday and boss Paul Cox said he was happy with his current squad.

“I think the squad we have is good enough, though you are always looking to improve,” he said. “First and foremost, the 11 players starting games have done well, but we also have some very, very good players waiting in the wings depending on our shape and systems, as you’ve seen with our reserve team’s results.

“We have explored different avenues, but, if I am totally honest, I don’t think there will be any ins or outs.

“Before we can bring anyone else in we need to get one or two out and so we will have to be patient. I am not trying to force the issue with anyone and it’s a nice position to be in.”

Last weekend Ben Hutchinson put Mansfield ahead before Portsmouth roared back to lead at the break, but Lindon Meikle’s reply earned a point and Stags did have chances to win it.

“I thought we were a bit unlucky on Saturday and we wanted the game to go on another 20 minutes,” said Cox.

“Portsmouth are a very good side who will be there or thereabouts in the top three at the end of the season and we gave a good account of ourselves and were maybe unfortunate not to go on and win it.

“Dagenham on Saturday will be a different kind of game and a different kind of opposition and we are going to have to adapt accordingly.”

The Daggers have had an almost identical start to Mansfield’s, sitting above Stags only on goal difference.

There was more good news at the One Call this week as summer signing, midfielder Keiran Murtagh, shook off his pre-season injury to resume full training and is due to figure in a behind-closed-doors friendly today against a team of young players released by professional clubs.

Stags’ reserves maintained their 100 per cent start with a 3-1 home win over Hull City last week, Ross Dyer, Meikle and Lee Stevenson on target, while Stags Ladies began their season with a point, having to come back from 2-0 down to draw with Leicester City at the weekend.



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