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2nd February 2006 14:32

Wilson blow for Mansfield
CHAD website, 02 February 2006

LAURENCE Wilson will not be available for Stags' big game against fellow strugglers Macclesfield Town on Saturday (3pm).
Mansfield tried to sign the Everton youngster on a month's loan on Tuesday - transfer deadline day.
But it emerged this morning that the transfer did not go through in time at Football League headquarters and Stags must now wait until early next week to try again ahead of the trip to Wycombe.
Thankfully Jonathan D'Laryea's permanent move from Mancherster City went through all right and he is a likely starter on Saturday.
But, with Adam Rundle having a poor game last Saturday and Gareth Jelleyman struggling with a groin strain this week, the arrival of left-sided player Wilson would have been a big bonus.
"It is an awkward situation but there's nothing we can do about it and we just have to get on with it," said manager Peter Shirtliff.
"Things were running late and the League were very busy and the deal just didn't go through on time. Apparantly after the window closed you have to wait seven days before organising a loan deal so we will jut have to wait until next week."
But he was pleased the D'Laryea deal was sealed - eventually.
"I think Jonathan will be a big player for Mansfield Town and I am delighted he's chosen to drop down from the Premiership and come here.
"It took a bit longer than we thought it would on the day over certain aspects of the contract and dealing with agents.
"But he is one I have pursued and I kept pestering Manchester City about him.
"I think the lad has made the right decision. To be a footballer you have got to be playing League football, not playing reserve football all your career.
"I am grateful to Stuart Pearce. He had a very responsible attitude and wanted what was best for the player.
"He told Jonathan that he had no need to leave Manchester City but that there was an opportunity at Mansfield for him to play League football and develop his career.
"His first team opportunities at Manchester City were limited so he came hree and grasped the nettle and did well during his time here on loan."
Stags are only five points away from the drop zone in 19th place, four points behind a Macclesfield side in 17th who are unbeaten in three games and who saw off title challengers Carlisle United 3-0 last weekend.
Indeed, they have only lost twice in their last 16 matches.
Stags drew 1-1 at Macclesfield earlier in the season and Shirtliff said; "That was my second game in charge as caretaker manager and my first away game.
"We battled quite well in the second half when we equalised. Both teams have had their ups and downs since then but both have got a bit stronger since.
"We need to keep progressing better than we have in our last two games. Hopefully last weekend's defeat at Darlington will be a wake-up call and I expect a performance with more enthusiam, vibrancy and aggression on Saturday."
Stags will welcome back Richie Barker from suspension and Kevin Pressman and Jake Buxton from injury.
D'Laryea can't wait to get started
CHAD website, 02 February 2006

JONATHAN D'Laryea can't wait to get out there on Saturday after completing his move to Mansfield from Manchester City this week.
"To be honest it didn't take much thinking about, though I spoke to my family first," he said.
"I do not expect an automatic first team place here. Giles Coke and Stephen Dawson are good players and I am more defensive minded than them.
"There will be games when we need two attacking midfielders starting and I will have to accept that. But I know I can offer something a bit different to them.
"I know I am nowhere near the finished article yet and need first team experience to improve myself.
"My mum and dad have always made sure I kept my feet on the ground. You don't get anywhere being flashy or arrogant or thinking you are the star man."
After three successful months on loan ended with a return to City, D'Laryea found himself sidelined with a calf injury.
But it was Stags and not Manchester City he elected to watch from the stands the following weekend.
"These are my team mates and my friends and when I had a weekend off I saw no reason not to come and watch my friends play," he said.
"During the time I was here I realised that we are a good team. It's just that consistency factor."
Shirtliff unhappy over fans' march
CHAD website, 02 February 2006

STAGS manager Peter Shirtliff said the club could do without the planned supporters march and protests against chairman Keith Haslam this Saturday.
The protests, organised by supporters group TEAM Mansfield, begin at noon at Mansfield Civic Centre followed by a march to the ground.
But Shirtliff said; "This TEAM Mansfield stuff is destracting from what I am trying to do at the club.
"I am trying to put a squad together capable of competing at this level and this week I have signed a Premiership player.
"But all the attention has been on this protest march. I do not think that is good for the club or the team.
"I don't believe it will affect the players on the pitch. But I think it is better for the fans to shout their backing for the team rather than the protesting against Mr Haslam.
"It doesn't help us. It would be nice if everything was rosy here and people were pulling in the same direction, supporters and the club.
"But at the end of the day it is as it is and it's politics and has got nothing to do with me."
The Civic Centre rally will include some speeches and the formulation of a petition calling on Keith Haslam to pay back personal loans to the club and then quit.
The supporters will march on Field Mill and then hope to hand over the petition.
Mansfield Town agreed terms with Premiership duo Jonathan D'Laryea and Laurence Wilson on Transfer deadline day and Stags Boss Peter Shirtliff was hoping to put both straight into the squad for Saturday's must win game against fellow strugglers Macclesfield Town. However a delay in processing the paperwork means that Everton man Wilson will have to wait another week before joining the Stags on his one month loan deal

We couldn't get the registration for Laurence Wilson on time for the deadline and Jonathan D'Laryea's took a bit longer than we initially thought due to dealing with agents etc as we ironed out certain aspects to the contract but we managed to get his registration in so he will be playing some part on Saturday

We will be picking up the Wilson deal next week. As he is a loan signing we are allowed to bring him into the club but under Football league rules we have to wait a week before making a move on a loan player

Gareth Jelleyman has not trained all week so I was really hoping that we would have had an option on the left side especially as Adam Rundle's form hasn't been the best of late

Talking about Jonathan D'Laryea and the successful bid Shirtliff said that he thinks that the nineteen year old Midfield man will be a good asset to the club

He will be an asset to this football club but I think that the move is of benefit to both parties. Playing first team football will be good for Jonathan who can build on the good upbringing he has had at Man City and he is a different kind of midfield player to the others we already have at the club giving me different options

Stuart (Pearce) was great in letting Jonathan come here. He wanted what was best for the lad and said to him that there no need for him to leave as he had eighteen months left on his contract but he has an opportunity of playing League football and developing his career. This was enough for Jonathan to make his mind up. So at the end of the day I am grateful to Stuart for having such a responsible attitude and Jon showing great maturity in making the decision that he has done"


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