EATON STAYS PUT
Dale Target Missed
Rochdale manager Steve Parkin confirmed on Wednesday that he had been chasing Mansfield Town left-back Adam Eaton and was close to getting his man.
"It's disappointing when you think you've got the player you want and the deal doesn't go through.
"Mansfield matched our offer and I suppose Adam thought is was a case of better the devil you know and decided to stay put."
EATON PENS NEW MANSFIELD DEAL
Mansfield defender Adam Eaton has put pen to paper on a new one-year deal at Field Mill.
Eaton missed all but half-a-dozen of Town's fixtures during 2003-04 after being laid low by a career-threatening groin injury.
But the 24-year-old bounced back in time to feature in the Division Three play-off final, which the Stags lost to Huddersfield in a penalty shoot-out.
And now Eaton has repaid manager Keith Curle's faith by turning down an offer from Rochdale in order to remain with the Stags.
Curle said: "Adam Eaton's staying, so that's one down but there's another 11 to go."
Curle has also offered new deals to Bobby Hassell, Rhys Day, Dave Artell, Jake Buxton, Luke Dimech, Liam Lawrence, Craig Disley, Neil Mackenzie, Tom Curtis, Lee Williamson and Junior Mendes and is expecting responses by early July.
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