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Contract talks hot up
Peter Shirtliff is determined he will have all the contract talks completed by the Summer break. And, with Jake Buxton, Jason White, Nathan Arnold and Danny Sleath already agreeing new terms he is on track to achieving his goal.
Jake Buxton signed his new two and half year deal a few weeks ago before breaking the silence to the press earlier this week. Jason White is happy to be getting the chance to play first team competitive football and is happy to stay at Field Mill. The two younger players already signed are Nathan Arnold and Danny Sleath who have agreed one year pro deals with the Stags.
"I am looking to wrap up as much as I possibly can before the players go on holiday in the Summer. And, I am sure that the offers I put to them, the majority of those considered for next season will sign new contracts." He told the official website this morning.
Jake Buxton is delighted at being offered a new contract
Jake Buxton is frustrated at the prospect of having his season being brought to an abrupt end but is hopeful that he may be able to get a game in as his injury was not as bad as he first thought:
"When I had my foot checked out it turned that the injury was not as bad as first expected and hopefully I will get a game in or maybe even two. It is fractured but with some pain killers I think I may be able to get through it.
"Naturally we will have to see what happens but with such an injury crisis I would like to play. The thought of having my season brought to an early end does frustrate me because as a player you just want to get out there and do your bit for the team.
"The good thing that does come out injuries is that the younger players on the fringe of the first team get their chance at first team football. It was good to see Nathan and Jason come on last weekend and do very well so why not give them another run out. I know that since I have been playing regular football I have grown up quite a bit and got a few games under my belt. It feels a little bit strange that I am one of the more experienced players in the squad at the moment but it is a responsibility that I have to shoulder and cope with. It puts a little more pressure on you but I was captain of the youth team and I enjoy the extra responsibility.
"I recently signed a new two and half year deal which I am really happy about as I have enjoyed my time at the club especially since I have been getting regular football. I told Peter Shirtliff that I wanted to stay right from the start so it is nice that he thinks enough of me to offer me such a good contract.
"It seems that all the gaffers that come here have taken a shine to me, I don't know why but it proves I must be doing something right." A delighted Buxton told the official website this morning.
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