STAGS LINKED WITH PURKISS/COX WANTS HUNGRY PLAYERS
Stags stalk free agent Purkiss
bluesqfootball.com, Sunday June 10, 2012
Blue Square Bet Premier club Mansfield are reportedly chasing the signature of former Hereford United defender Ben Purkiss.
Purkiss saw his short-term deal at the Bulls come to an end last month, with the Stags now interested in the former Oxford man's services, with Luke O'Neill set to leave Paul Cox's side for Burnley.
The 28-year-old Purkiss was a favourite under manager Martin Foyle during the pair's time at York, but the boss, who now holds the reigns at Edgar Street, could be without the player following a reduced wage structure have been implemented at the club.
Tuesday 12th June, 2012
There has been press speculation that Hereford United full-back Ben Purkiss could be O'Neill's replacement.
Cox said: "We've spoken to Ben's representatives but we've spoken to fifty right backs.
"We're going to be linked with a lot of players. We signed a player last night [Nick Wright] that was, according to some press reports, supposed to sign for Macclesfield.
"So, you can only take so much from what you read in the press."
Cox Dampens Purkiss Interest
By Bobo, Wednesday June 13, 2012
Mansfield boss Paul Cox has confirmed an interest in out of contract Bulls defender Ben Purkiss.
With the Stags accepting a bid from Burnley for full back Luke O'Neill, Cox has turned his attention to filling the right back role with the funds from O'Neill's sale added to his warchest.
The Non-League Paper claimed at the weekend that Purkiss was Cox's main target, a fact the manager disputes. Cox told the Stags' official site: "We spoke to Ben's representatives but we've spoken to 50 right backs. You can only believe so much you read in the press."
Paul Cox wants hungry players at Mansfield Town
Thursday, June 07, 2012 Nottingham Post
MANSFIELD Town boss Paul Cox has warned any out-of-contract big-name players wanting to make a quick buck that they will never get a contract with the Stags.
After a third-placed finish in the Blue Square Bet Premier last season, Cox is well aware he now has more pulling power in attracting players.
But as he looks to go one better next season and win promotion, after losing out in the play-offs to York, he says only hungry players will be welcome at the One Call Stadium.
The Stags will be linked with players who have been playing in the Football League but Cox insists only those with footballing ambition will come through the door.
He made a double swoop last week, signing highly-rated midfielder Chris Clements from Hednesford Town and the experienced Jamie Tolley, who has just left Wrexham.
Goalkeeper Alan Marriott, Ritchie Sutton, Anthony Howell, Ben Hutchinson, Matt Rhead, Lindon Meikle and Ross Dyer have already agreed new deals while Adam Murray, Gary Roberts and Matt Green are among those already tied to the club.
And while Cox is looking to strengthen further, he said the new additions have to have the same desire and ambition as the rest of the squad.
Cox said: "I want to go one better next season, I want to be going for the championship.
"I want hungry players, players who are winners. There will be a lot of good players out there but there will be some who want to make a quick buck.
"I can tell them now, if that is the case, this is the wrong place to call.
"I want players who want to be successful, who want to make Mansfield Town successful."