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7th May 2003 19:57

Mansfield 103.2 reported in the news at 2.00pm that Keith Welch, Scott Sellars and Matt Gadsby have been released by the club.

As we noted here on Sunday, they are out of contract at the end of the season, along with Andy White and Danny Bacon.
Evening Post, 07 May 2003

Mansfield boss Keith Curle has begun his summer clearout by informing Keith Welch, Matthew Gadsby and Scott Sellars that they will not be in his squad for next season after the Stags were relegated to Division Three.

Welch came to the club after Kevin Pilkington suffered a lung and rib injury in the 3-2 win over Notts County in February and stayed for the rest of the season after Huddersfield made an approach to take the 34-year-old keeper on a short-term contract. He made nine appearances for the Stags, saving a penalty in the 2-2 draw at QPR and his last match was the 5-1 home defeat against Peterborough at the end of March

Gadsby, meanwhile, has found it hard to force his way into Curle's first team after the permanent signing of Rhys Day and then, the emergence of youngsters Alex John-Baptiste and Jake Buxton at the heart of the defence.

Gadsby, who was captured on a free transfer from Walsall by former boss Stuart Watkiss in November and made his debut in the 2-2 draw against Notts County at Meadow Lane. He featured in 20 Stags matches, seven as a substitute.

Sellars signed a new short-term contract at Christmas and has been helping coach the youth team when Paul Holland was required for first-team duties.

He has not featured in a Stags first team since November with an persistent ankle problem that was followed by a stomach bug and he was only able to feature in 14 first-team matches all season.

Curle said: "I would like to thank all three of the players for the job they have done for the club.

"Keith helped us out when we were up against it with Pilks being injured and Scott has done a lot with the youth team since I came to the club.

"I sincerely wish them all the best for the future."

Curle will not be informing other players about their futures until Saturday, May 17, which is the deadline for all out-of-contract players to be offered either a new deal or a free transfer.

The two Whites, Andy and Jason, and Danny Bacon will be at the top of the agenda.


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