STAGS SIGN ANDY OWENS AND LEE BEEVERS
Cox signs defensive duo
mansfieldtown.net, Tue 26 Jun 2012
Paul Cox has strengthened his defensive options with two new signings.
Ex-Southport left-back Andy Owens and former Lincoln right-back Lee Beevers have today put pen to paper with us.
Cox has reputedly fought off interest from Gateshead and Cambridge to win the race to sign ex-Liverpool trainee Owens.
The 22 year-old attracted the attention of a number of clubs after making over 40 appearances for the Sandgrounders last season.
Former Lincoln stalwart Lee Beevers appeared over 150 times in the Football League with the Imps and has also enjoyed spells in the League with Boston and Colchester. The 28-year-old was Walsall's regular right-back last season in League One, where he played in 40 matches.
Manager Paul Cox commented: "We've nipped in there to sign Andy. He's an excellent player, with England C experience.
"Lee Beevers has over 300 league appearances to his name and will add further competition to our defence."
In other news, we can confirm that Richard Cooper has agreed to join us as first team coach from Eastwood Town, where he previously worked with Cox as his assistant for two years
OWENS DITCHES PORT AND IS POISED TO SIGN FOR MANSFIELD
Want away Andy Owens is poised to sign for Mansfield Town today. Liam Watson has been unimpressed by the way Andy Owens has conducted affairs since the end of the season. Owens joins the Stags after one season at Haig Avenue with Watson stating that he expects negotiations on settling a deal to be held in the next twenty four hours with a tribunal looming if both clubs cannot come to an agreement for the ex Accrington Stanley player.
Liam Watson said "I am hopeful we can come to an agreement between the two clubs. However we can opt for a tribunal if we cannot. We have had offers from clubs for Andy so we have some idea of value in the market. I have to say with our player development record I have been very disappointed by the way Andy has conducted himself since the end of the season. We move on with a stronger squad than last season and he has joined a club that is in the same league, I am not sure how that kicks his career forward."
Lee Beevers quits Walsall FC
Wednesday 27th June 2012
Lee Beevers has become the latest player to quit Walsall – leaving the skeleton Saddlers with just six senior players today.
The defender penned a two-deal at Blue Square Premier side Mansfield yesterday after he failed to agree terms with the Saddlers to continue the player exodus.
Walsall had offered the 28-year-old a new deal after he made 40 appearances following a switch from Colchester last summer.
Last night the right back tweeted: “Wish wfc all the best for the future. Enjoyed my time there and a great set of lad, but it's time for a new challenge.”
Beevers' departure leaves the Saddlers with just six players – Andy Butler, Adam Chambers, David Grof, George Bowerman, Jamie Paterson and Will Grigg – with first team experience ahead of the start of pre-season next Thursday.
Beevers attracting interest
Several clubs look to land Saddlers midfielder
By Graeme Bailey - Tweet me: @skygraemebailey, June 18, 2012
Sky Sports understands a number of clubs are tussling to sign Walsall midfielder Lee Beevers.
The 28-year-old is currently out of contract with the Saddlers and has been offered a new one-year deal.
However, rival offers are coming in for Beevers who is now believed to be considering his options.
SPL outfit Inverness and Bury are both understood to be keen, whilst there is also known to be a couple of big money offers from the Conference.
Walsall in battle for Lee Beevers
Thursday 21st June 2012
Walsall today faced a tug-of-war with Inverness for Lee Beevers after the Scottish side stepped up their efforts to sign the defender.
The Saddlers are still in talks with the versatile Beevers but now have serious competition from the SPL outfit.
Sources have confirmed the 28-year-old is one of Caley boss Terry Butcher's top targets and the former England captain is ready to offer him a deal.
Beevers has rejected the Saddlers' initial contract offer but the club have confirmed discussions are on-going with former Ipswich and Colchester man.
He became a key figure in Walsall's successful battle against the League One drop last season, making 40 appearances.
He played in every defensive position – including goalkeeper when Jimmy Walker was sent off against MK Dons last October.
Keeping Beevers would be a major boost for the Saddlers who are facing a player exodus with Manny Smith and Darryl Westlake the latest to reject new deals
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