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9th May 2002 17:15

MANSFIELD TOWN manager Stuart Watkiss introduced two new players at Field Mill and today pledged: "There are more to come."
Central defenders Dion Scott, released by Walsall at the end of the season, and Neil Moore, who will be captured on a Bosman free from Conference side Telford United, have both agreed deals to join the Stags. Moore, who lists Burnley and Everton among his former clubs, will be handed a two-year deal and Scott's contract will be for 12 months.
Watkiss said that getting new central defenders was a priority. "I'm delighted to have got both of them on board and it's a big boost to our defence," said Watkiss.
"I was looking for a more senior player and an up-and-coming youngster and that is what we have.
"Dion is a player I have seen progress through the youth team and the reserves at Walsall. "I have seen Neil play about half a dozen times this season and I'm yet to see him break sweat in the Conference. "A lot of lower division clubs have been vying for his signature and I'm delighted he has decided to come here".
Watkiss is still confident he will have a full-strength squad for the start of the season, despite the fact Wayne Corden, Allen Tankard, Chris Greenacre and Scott Sellars have yet to sign new deals.
Defender Martin Pemberton has already agreed a contract with Second Division rivals Stockport County. Watkiss added: "I am looking to have a squad of between 20 and 22 players next season but while we might not have the largest squad in the division, we will have one that is very adaptable. "People should not worry, we will be competitive in Division Two. We do have targets and know the people we want to bring in. It is important we compare them with who will become available when the PFA list is published in June, but I am confident everything will be in place."
Source: Ian Wilkerson, Evening Post


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