RHEAD SIGNS FOR LINCOLN
Rhead signs for Lincoln
mansfieldtown.net, 14th May 2015
Striker Matt Rhead has today turned down a contract offer at One Call Stadium to sign for Conference Premier outfit Lincoln City.
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The former Corby frontman, 31, bagged 15 goals in 120 league appearances during a three-and-a-half-year spell at Mansfield.
Manager Adam Murray said: "We offered a deal to Matt which we believed to be of good value for the football club and for what he brought to the team.
"Matt has decided he wants to pursue his career elsewhere and has taken the decision to drop to the Conference.
"We thank him for all his efforts whilst with the club."
Adam Murray added: "This is a new era at the club, with a new vision, and the work continues behind the scenes to create our new squad."
Striker Rhead Pens Two-Year Deal
redimps.co.uk, 14th May 2015
Striker Matt Rhead has turned down the offer of a new deal at Mansfield Town to sign for the Imps on a two-year contract.
Read more at http://www.redimps.co.uk/news/article/striker-rhead-pens-two-year-deal-2456433.aspx#jXUXET8xK2cRHf8F.99
Part of the Stags' squad that won the Conference championship in 2013, the 6'4" front man had been at Field Mill since January 2012 having previously been a regular on the scoresheet for Corby Town and Eastwood Town.
Stoke-born Rhead, who turns 31 this month, has also played for Kidsgrove Athletic, Nantwich Town and Congleton Town. He joined Corby from Eastwood in June 2011.
Matt Rhead: Joining Lincoln City was a simple decision
lincolnshireecho.co.uk, By MWhiley_LE, May 14, 2015
Matt Rhead insisted joining Lincoln City was a "no-brainer" after becoming the Imps' first signing of the summer.
The towering striker has penned a two-year contract after arriving from League Two Mansfield Town.
Read more: http://www.lincolnshireecho.co.uk/Matt-Rhead-Joining-Lincoln-City-simple-decision/story-26503013-detail/story.html#ixzz3a7cFI11C
The Stags did offer the 30-year-old a new deal, but he has instead opted to drop back into the Conference Premier with Chris Moyses' Imps.
"The manager (Moyses) showed he really wanted me and that was the main thing," said Rhead, who is from Stoke.
"It was a no-brainer and it is security for me and my family. I need to look after them, but I also want to do well for Lincoln City.
"Hopefully we can get promotion within the next couple of years. I want to create good memories here, like I had at Mansfield.
"I only turned professional there three or four years ago and I had some fantastic times.
"But now I've got to concentrate on the future and help create the same, if not better, times here at Lincoln. And if we put the hard work in hopefully we will get the rewards."
Rhead was in his late 20s and was working as a supervisor for JCB when he was snapped up by then Mansfield boss Paul Cox in 2012 having played for Kidsgrove Athletic, Nantwich Town, Congleton Town, Eastwood Town and Corby Town.
He enjoyed a successful three seasons at Field Mill, the highlight being winning promotion from the Conference Premier to League Two in 2013.
Rhead wants to repeat that success with the Imps, but accepts it will be incredibly tough.
"It's the hardest league to get out of," he said. "There's only one automatic place to go for, so it's important to be consistent and to do well in every game. It's important to work hard and have a good team ethic."
The 6ft 4in forward will be employed as a targetman by Moyses.
"I'm a targetman and hopefully I can chip in with a few goals as well. If the chances come, I'm confident I can get a few goals and create a few for other people as well," he said.
Rhead played alongside ex-Imps Lee Beevers and Alan Marriott at Mansfield.
"They only had good things to say about Lincoln," he added.
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