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1st May 2002 14:05

MANSFIELD boss Stuart Watkiss is confident he will be able to seal the
signature of defender Dion Scott in the next few days.

After denying rumours that the 21-year-old had already signed for Stags
last week, Watkiss hopes to tie up the loose ends imminently.

Scott played in the Stags reserves' 1-1 draw at Rochdale two weeks ago and
Watkiss has been hopeful of tying up a deal after he was released on a free
transfer from Walsall.

He has played just once for the Saddlers first team but had a successful
spell on loan at Nationwide Conference champions Boston United earlier this

Watkiss said: "I have spoken to Dion and contract talks are well advanced.

"Hopefully, everything is going to be sorted out in the near future."

Apart from David Kelly and Scott Sellars, who were signed on short-term
contracts towards the end of the season, Scott would be Watkiss's first
permanent signing since taking over from Billy Dearden in January.

With Adam Barrett having left the club on a free transfer and skipper Les
Robinson being placed on the transfer list, Watkiss will be looking to
boost his defence before Stags start their first campaign in Division Two
for ten years.

In the meantime, he is confident Wayne Corden will sign his contract by the
end of the week.

The winger was offered a three-year deal towards the end of the season
after being an ever-present in the promotion campaign.

Watkiss said: "Hopefully it is all going to get sorted by the end of the

"Wayne will be given a copy of the contract tomorrow just to dot the Is and
cross the Ts and it should be back with us by Friday."

Young defender Jamie Clarke, who has been offered a two-year deal after
completing his scholarship, will also be signing this week.

Stags have also been able to announce a friendly with Nottingham Forest at
Field Mill on Saturday, July 27 (kick-off, 3pm).

Last year, Stags fixed up friendlies with Sunderland and Middlesbrough and
encouraging performances went a long way to boosting the confidence of both
players and supporters.

Watkiss said: "I'm delighted we are going to get the opportunity to play
against a team of Forest's quality and the fact it is a local game should
mean it is a special occasion.

"We have got some good young footballers and it will be interesting to see
how they get on against some of the excellent players Paul Hart has at his

Ticket information for the match has yet to be finalised.
Source: Evening Post


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