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28th May 2003 18:55

MANSFIELD TOWN will be eagerly scrutinising the official PFA list of available players next week. And the club hope they can bring in suitable new faces quickly. "I believe we should have the list by Monday so we will be having a good look at who is available and we'd like to think that something will be happening then," said Stags assistant boss John Gannon. "We have spoken briefly to the chairman about bringing players in. Once we know who is available it will be a case of going back to him and asking if this possible or is that possible and take it from there really." Stags central defender Rhys Day was promoted to the full Welsh national squad for their game in the USA early yesterday. Although he did not get on the field in the 2-0 defeat - ending the Welsh 10-game unbeaten run - it was invaluable experience for the promising youngster. Day, who skippers his country's under-21s, was given his chance following the withdrawal of Sheffield United's Robert Page, who was involved in the First Division play-off final. "Obviously everyone here at Field Mill is delighted for Rhys," said John Gannon. "We were pleased to see him back in training and this was a real bonus for him. "Although he didn't get to play, at least it means he will have been able to get some football under his belt on the training field while others are resting, having been out of action for five or six weeks with his broken jaw. "He will have been able to get a bit back." Day would have become the first player from the club since Irishman John McLelland to pick up a full international honour (comment from Martin ... :for a Home nation). But he is still hoping he can force his way into manager Mark Hughes' plans for what remains of their qualifying programme for Euro 2004. Day's former central defensive partner Matthew Gadsby has joined Kidderminster Harriers on a one-year contract.


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