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18th May 2002 15:32

Evening Post, 18 May 2002

MANSFIELD Town boss Stuart Watkiss is looking to the Premiership to help bolster his squad for next season's Division Two campaign.

The Stags manager believes he can take some young players from Premiership sides and give them league experience.

He may have already signed Dion Scott from Walsall and Neil Moore from Telford, but Watkiss is also looking to seal temporary deals before the start of the season.

Stags had both Leicester striker Matthew Piper and Derby's Adam Murray on loan last season and both were great successes.

Sunderland's Michael Proctor, who is also on Watkiss's hit-list, enjoyed a year-long loan at York City last season.

More and more clubs are expected to follow this route as squad sizes are likely to be cut throughout the Nationwide League as the collapse of ITV Digital means there will be less money around for lots of players to be on big wages.

Watkiss said: "It is certainly an avenue we are exploring and we do have people in mind."

Stags have to offer to pay a percentage of the player's salary and that can mean the organisation of a deal can be a lengthy process.

Watkiss added: "It is a difficult thing to sort out because you still have to take into account the wages just as you do on a permanent deal.

"A club could ask you to pay all their wages or just half but, generally, they do want their players to get the chance to play."


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