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3rd July 2002 20:45

City boss Steve Cotterill has won the chase for Mansfield Town's sought-after young striker Chris Greenacre Greenacre, 24, has agreed a three-year deal at the Britannia Stadium and becomes the manager's first signing.

He arrives on a Bosman free after three seasons at Mansfield during which
time he scored 49 league goals in 121 games and helped the Stags to
promotion from Division Three last term.

Greenacre's capture ends a patient quest by City for his signature. He was
strongly linked with a move to other clubs, including Nottingham Forest.

Says the City boss: "We are delighted to get him. Without doubt Chris was
one of the most promising young strikers in the lower divisions and is a
player very much on the up. He is an excellent signing and is the player we

The former Manchester City apprentice was Mansfield's top scorer last season
with 21 goals in 44 league appearances.

He joined Mansfield on a free three years ago after loan spells with
Cardiff, Blackpool and Scarborough before being allowed to leave Maine Road.

He says: "I am delighted to sign for Stoke and can't wait for the new
season. The set-up here and the stadium is impressive, and Steve Cotterill's
appointment in May was a big factor in my decision."

He adds: "I feel I can improve my game further and the manager has an
excellent reputation as a coach and has a first-class coaching back-up team
with him here.

"My first task will be to establish myself in the side. I won't feel under
immediate pressure and I would ask the fans to be patient while I come to
terms with stepping up two divisions. But I am very, very excited by this
challenge and I am really looking forward to playing for Stoke - the ground,
the fans, everything."

Source: Stoke City official website


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