TRANSFER DEADLINE DAY : D`LARYEA AND WILSON SIGN
Double signing booster for Mansfield
CHAD, 01 February 2006
STAGS were today given a double boost ahead of Saturday's important home clash with Macclesfield Town with two new signings.
Midfielder Jonathan D'Laryea has joined on a permanent deal from Manchester City after his successful three-month loan spell while Everton's England U19 Laurence Wilson, who can play left back or left midfield, has joined on an initial month's loan.
Their arrival will give the squad a lift as they look to overcome Saturday's drubbing at Darlington.
D'Laryea has signed a two and half year deal, joining for a nominal fee plus sell-ons.
Stags were this afternoon just waiting for confirmation from the Football League that the deadline day transfers had gone through.
It also looked like Stags defender Jason Talbot could be joining Port Vale on loan.
"Fresh faces always tend to give a bit of a boost to a squad and if we can get the right balance and start to play like we can as a squad then we will get better results than we have in our last two games," said manager Peter Shirtliff.
"Since he left we have missed his power and strength and his tenaciousness in the midfield zone.
"At just 20 Jon is definitely one for the future. He is an athletic lad who doesn't miss much in terms of games or training.
"I think he is a good signing for Mansfield Town. He proved that over his three months here on loan.
"Laurence has played for England at every level and is best at left back, though he can play left of midfield too.
"He has got pace and he is tough - he likes to get stuck in.
"I have watched him play for Everton reserves and made a couple of enquiries and David Moyes has agreed he can come here on loan. He has been very helpful to us.
"The boy needs some first team experience so this will benefit both parties."
Saturday has become a six-pointer between two struggling sides. But Macclesfield found some form last Sunday with a 3-0 win over title-chasing Carlisle United.
Tonight there are two crucial games around the bottom of League Two with Macclesfield at Shrewsbury and Stockport at home to Torquay.
Stags lost for the second time in five days with a tame 4-0 surrender at Darlington on Saturday and Shirtliff said; "I am glad this result happened now and not later. I am now looking for a reaction from the players this Saturday.
"Training has been quite good. It's been back to basics as I said it would be. There is no day off and players are getting stuck in.
"Inevitably we are looking at the other results around us with interest as we will do until we get enough points to secure our safety."
Both new players go into the squad for Saturday and are likely to start the game.
But Shirtliff said midfielder Callum Lloyd had also played his way into contention after his tenacious half-hour display as sub at Darlington.
Keeper Kevin Pressman (foot) and Jake Buxton (back) have resumed training after resting injuries last weekend and should be fine for Saturday.
But central defender Rhys Day will be out for between four and six weeks after a hernia operation last week.
Shirtliff has not yet decided whether or not to bring in any central defensive cover. But, although the transfer window closes tonight, loans are still permitted up until the end of March.
STAGS SWOOP FOR D'LARYEA AND WILSON
Evening Post, 01 February 2006
Peter Shirtliff today hailed his new signings Jonathan D"Laryea and Laurence Wilson after a transfer deadline day double swoop.
The Stags boss has landed 20-year-old D"Laryea, 20, for a nominal fee from Manchester City while Wilson, 19, joins on a one-month loan from Everton.
Central midfielder D"Laryea - who has signed a deal keeping him at Field Mill until the summer of 2008 - needs no introduction to Stags fans.
He has just finished a three-month loan spell with the club where he has impressed Shirtliff with his physical presence in the middle of the park.
Left-back cum left-midfielder Wilson has been loaned to Mansfield by Toffees boss David Moyes in a bid to give the Liverpool-born player first team experience.
Standing 5ft 10ins, the teenager has played for England at every level up to under-19 and will provide competition for Adam Rundle and Gareth Jelleyman.
Shirtliff said: "Jonathan is one for the future. He is an athletic type of lad and he proved what a good player he was when he was here previously - we"ve certainly missed him.
"Laurence has pace and likes to get forward down the left. He"s tough and gets stuck in and that"s the type of player I want.
"I"ve seen him in Everton"s reserves and made a couple of enquiries about him. It"s a good deal for both parties."
Both signings are in the squad for Saturday"s home match with Macclesfield Town and it is expected Kevin Pressman (foot) and Jake Buxton (back) will also return.
mansfieldtown.net, 31 Jan 2006
Peter Shirtliff has won his chase to sign Midfield player Jonathan D'Laryea on a permanent contract for what has been described as a nominal fee, which will see the former Manchester City man at Field Mill for the remainder of this season and another two on top of that.
Shirtliff agreed terms with City boss Stuart Pearce last week but all that remained was for the player to accept the move which he readily did having enjoyed his three month period at Field Mill.
"Jonathan will be a good signing for us and definitely a player to watch in the future. He has already shown that is athletic and doesn't miss much in terms of training and games. I believe that when he went back to Man City we missed his presence in the centre of midfield, his strength and tenacity was especially missed. Both Dawson and Coke are similar players in that they are too attack minded and sometimes do not concentrate on a defensive role where as Jonathan will make himself felt in both areas - he will definitely prove to be a good signing." Shirtliff told the official website.
Another new face to arrive at the Mill today is that of Laurence Wilson, another player who has elected to take the drop from the Premiership to re-launch his career. Laurence signed for Everton in 2004 and has been a regular in the reserve squad for the blues despite making a few first team appearances. Wilson put pen to paper on an initial one month loan. The young left sided player can play in both the wide midfield or left back role and has represented England at Every level up to under 19s.
"I have seen him play a few times for Everton Reserves and seen that he is a strong and tough player with plenty of pace, he is a player that will get stuck in and I believe that he will be a great addition to the squad. Like Jonathan he will be going straight into the squad for Saturday's game against Macclesfield." Said Shirtliff.
Transfers the other way have seen Jason Talbot agree a loan deal with Port Vale although at the time of writing Mansfield Town are still waiting for confirmation from the league one outfit
Meanwhile Callum Lloyd on his return to first team action at the weekend has played himself into contention for a place in Saturday's line up against the other MTFC.
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