Friday, 10 June 2011

Dyer arrives / Squad list updated.

Stags boss Paul Cox makes his 6th signing by adding Forest Green Rovers striker Ross Dyer to the ranks. I’ve heard good reports about Ross despite him spending the nearly the entire season out of position on the wing last term.
Ross in action for former club Hednesford, who stags are set to visit in pre-season
Ross joins Lee Stevenson, Lindon Mikele, Paul Bolland, Matt Bell & Anthony Howell on the new signings list, having signed a 1 year contract with us. I’m starting to see a pattern developing with the signings now; all of them bar Stevenson & Bolland have been handed just 1 year deals. Is this an indication that the budget is not what was promised, or is it just the way Cox does business, bearing in mind he himself has just a 1 year contract?
The arrival of Dyer has again caused the ‘hmm’ reaction; I think we are perhaps setting our expectation levels too high & letting our past experiences with previous managers sway us, let’s try and remain patient and let the football provide the reassurance we crave at this point.
The signings will keep coming thick and fast, remember we’re rebuilding from scratch here so it’s difficult to keep track of whose in & whose out – so each time a new face arrives I will post on here & attempt to keep it updated as much as I can.
The question is who arrives next, the back room staff, the defence, a wide player or maybe another striker to complete the forward line – time will tell.
Current Squad:
Alan Marriott
Adam Murray
Adam Smith
Tom Naylor
Louis Briscoe
Paul Connor
Rhys Day
Conor Higginson
Lee Stevenson (New signing – Eastwood)
Lindon Mikele (New signing – Eastwood)
Paul Bolland (New signing – Macclesfield)
Matt Bell (New signing – Port Vale [Reserves])
Anthony Howell (New signing – Alfreton) 
Ross Dyer (New signing – Forest Green Rovers)

Going: (Including those that we’re let go before Paul Cox’s appointment)

Kyle Nix
Tyrone Thompson
Niall O’Rafferty
Mark Preece
Paul Stonehouse
Ashley Cain
Stevie Istead
Steve Foster
Kevin Sandwith
Neil Collett
Ben Turner
Luke Medley
Danny Mitchley
Dan Spence
Gary Silk
Paul Hall
Steve Bonnington
Pre-Season Schedule:

9th July
Rainworth MW
15th July
Notts County
19th July
Doncaster Rovers
23rd July
FC Halifax Town
26th July
30th July
Boston United
3rd August
Ilkeston Town

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