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16th January 2003 12:58

16 Jan 2002
mansfieldtown.net confirms that Ben Doane has joined the Stags, initially on a 1 month contract. He is a 22 year old defender whose preferred positon is left back. Doane was just starting out in the reserves at Sheffield United when Curle was there.

Curle told mansfieldtown.net : "He is a versatile player who is equally comfortable in any back row position or creative play midfield. I will be asking him to concentrate on his defending duties at first but when he has bedded into the squad there's no reason he won't be venturing forward. I am looking at other players and they could be here in time for the derby game against Chesterfield, but, I will not be bringing in players just for the sake of bringing in players. I know what this game means to all the supporters and can guarantee each and every one of them that the players will be out there doing their best. And I also know that the 2000 or so fans that will be at Saltergate will sound more like 6000. The lads respond better when the atmosphere is greater and I am sure that the fans that have made the journey to Chesterfield will make as much noise as they can to let the lads know that they are behind them. We will be treating this match just as we would any other going out to win and bring back the points. Chesterfield are a big physical side that will be dangerous in set piece situations but we will give them a game of football and I believe that the supporters now believe that we can give them and any other team in this division a game of football.

mansfieldtown.net reports that long term injured Alan Tankard and Scott Sellars, although not ready to return to playing just yet have been responding well to treatment and have been seen jogging with Physio Ian Pearce. Bobby Hassell has also been responding well to treatment has not been training yet this week but cannot be ruled out totally for Saturdays game.
Stags land Doane for derby
CHAD website, 16 Jan 2003
MANSFIELD Town have taken Sheffield United full back Ben Doane on a month's loan ahead of Saturday's local Derby with Chesterfield.
He is described by player-manager Keith Curle as a 'versatile defender who can play full back or central defender' which is very useful right now with on-loan left back Adam Eaton recalled by Preston and right back Bobby Hassell and central defender Curle both struggling with injury.
Sheffield-born Doane (23) came through the Blades' youth system and Curle said: "I had two years at United with Ben. He started off in the reserves and progressed into the first team where he did well.
"It was only an injury that forced him to come out of the team. He is a natural defender who can join in the play as well and he is coming initially for a month."
Curle is still hopeful he may be able to bring in another new face ahead of the game to bolster his squad.
Stags have sold their full allocation of 2,200 for Saturday's Saltergate derby and Curle added: "This is a massive game. I know our 2,000 fans will sound more like 6,000. They are now starting to believe we will give anyone in this division a game and hopefully will respond to that on Saturday.
"It's easy to trot out all the old cliches about derbies. But there is no way we will treat this game as just another game. We all, know how much this one means to the supporters.
"Chesterfield are a big, physical team and very organised. They don't give a lot away and from their size they are always going to be dangerous at set pieces. But they are a team you can get at."
Ben Doane
Height 5.10
Weight 10.06
Date of birth 22-12-1979
Place of birth Sheffield
All time playing career
Club From To Fee League FA Cup League cup Other
Kettering 17-01-2000 08-05-2000 Loan 3 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 1 (0) 0
Sheff Utd 01-08-1997 Trainee 18 (4) 1 0 (0) 0 1 (2) 0 0 (0) 0

Appearances this season: 4 league + 2 league cup
Doane is a player Curle knows well as the pair played with each other at Bramall Lane when the Stags boss was at the club between July 2000 and August 2002.


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