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29th April 2002 13:11

Following the departure of Martin Pemberton from Field Mill. Stags Boss, Stuart Watkiss brings to question, the Bosman rule.

Although Watkiss recognizes that Martin has to do what is right for his career he puts the Bosman rule into question, saying:

"Is the Bosman rule right? Years ago if you found a youngster in the non league teams, introduced him to league football, put all the hard work in and created a real gem you would have been able to cash in on him two or three years down the line, ensuring the future of the football club was safe"

he added that " Martin has to safeguard his future and do what's right for him, but to lose a player of Martin's ability is very disappointing especially after all the hard work, which martin himself can take some of the credit and getting him back into league football.
This situation only highlights what we be up against next season, with clubs like county that have more financial clout than we do will settling their squad early on whilst the rest of us will have to tread water for the moment and wait for PFA list to be produced."

"However, I have every confidence in our lads that are staying with the club and they have the ability to survive in Division 2 and that we will find suitable players that fit into our squad"

Watkiss as philosophical as always, knows that some fans are a little despondent at losing Pemberton and possibly Chris Greenacre (which hasn't been confirmed yet) but asks them to be patient as he and assistant, Neil Richardson have a series of backroom talks over the next few weeks with the chairman and players agents.
Source: mansfieldtown.net


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