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29th May 2008 14:19

Rotherham show Boulding interest
BBC.CO.UK, 28May2008
Rotherham United have spoken to Mansfield Town striker Michael Boulding about a move to the club, BBC Radio Sheffield reports.

The 32-year-old scored 25 goals in the Stags' relegation campaign last season and has attracted the interest of several clubs.

Millers assistant manager John Breckin confirmed that he wants to sign the former Grimsby and Barnsley player.

"We spoke to him and we expect a decision shortly."

He added: "We face a lot of competition for that one though, when you score the number of goals he has and he has several irons in the fire.

"Boulding is the kind of striker we are looking to bring in but it won't just be him, we would like to sign another one as well."

Boulding had a spell with a the Millers two seasons ago before he went into temporary retirement.

Interview with Millers manager here -->


D'Laryea shocked at Stags rejection
Evening Post, 26May2008
Departed midfielder Jonathan D'Laryea today revealed his shock at being
told he had no future at Mansfield.

Full story http://www.thisismansfieldtown.co.uk/news/D-Laryea-shocked-at-5054419.aspx

The former Manchester City trainee indicated at the end of the Stags'
relegation campaign he would be keen to stay on at Field Mill.

And he was initially told by Paul Holland - who still hopes to be boss
next season - there would be a deal on the table.

But when the final retained list was released, D'Laryea had been handed a
free transfer.

And while realising matters were taken out of Holland's hands, it did not
lessen the blow for the 22-year-old, who has fought back from a double
ankle operation last season.

"It came as a big surprise to me because Paul Holland said to me I would
definitely be offered a contract," said D'Laryea.

"I would have liked to have stayed and showed my true capabilities because
I honestly felt that with a pre-season behind me I would get back to my
old self.

"But then Dutch rang me on the day the retained list was released and told
me he didn't know if they would be able to offer me one.

"I was disappointed because I thought it was going to be all right, then
it wasn't, but I understand it might not have been Dutch's fault. It was
something he could not control."

D'Laryea has still to secure his future for 2008-2009 and hopes to stay in
the Football League.

Having bought a house in the Mansfield area, he is keen to play his
football locally if possible.

D'Laryea said: "I haven't heard anything yet, but my agent thinks I will
have a couple of options.

"I am not limited by geography, but if I got the chance to stay in the
area I would seriously consider it because I am settled where I am."


Martin McIntosh has joined Blue Square North Alfreton Town. He was
released from Field Mill at the end of March on transfer deadline day.


D'Laryea to stay near Mansfield
BBC.co.uk, 22May2008
Mansfield Town midfielder Jon D'Laryea says he wants to move to a football league club close to the town after being released by the Stags last week.

The 22-year-old claims he was on manager Paul Holland's initial retained list but was omitted after the board over-ruled him on which players stayed.

D'Laryea, told BBC Radio Nottingham: "I'm enjoying where I'm living so I'd be really keen to stay.

"If an opportunity came to join a club in this area I wouldn't turn it down."


Buxton agonises on move
Evening Post, 22May2008
Jake Buxton today confirmed he is likely to reject a new contract at Mansfield - so long as a Football League club are prepared to pay out to sign him.

Full story http://www.thisismansfieldtown.co.uk/news/Buxton-agonises-on-m75384335.aspx

The ambitious central defender does not want to drop into the non-league game at this stage of his career after the Stags' relegation to the Blue Square Premier.

But as he is under 24, and the club have offered him an improved one-year contract, he cannot leave on a free transfer.

The Stags are understood to have rejected a bid for him in January, but will now accept a cut-price fee of around £20,000.

"If a chance to stay in the Football League came then I would want that," said Buxton.

"Another club will have to pay money to get me, but Mansfield have said they will not stand in my way.

"It is understandable that the club would want some compensation if I left because I have been here for ten years.

"I am looking at my options, but I have to decide by June 20.

"If another club doesn't come in for me, then I would stay and give my all for the club."

Johnny Mullins has already turned down a new deal this week, with Darlington said to be trailing the versatile former Reading defender.


Unfinished business for want-away Buxton
. . . and D Laryea WAS on Holland retained list
CHAD.co.uk, 22 May 2008, By John Lomas
STAGS skipper Jake Buxton is still hopeful of finding a club to stay in the Football League.
But he is also tormented by the thought of being the skipper that led Mansfield Town out of the League and would still relish the chance to lead them straight back up again.

Full story http://www.chad.co.uk/stags/Unfinished-business-for-wantaway-Buxton.4113190.jp

Although he has been offered a new contract, Buxton (23) has been told he can leave for a 'small fee' if a club comes in to maintain his League ambitions.

I have enjoyed my time here though I am very disappointed in what happened this season," he said.

"But I would like to stay in the Football League if I can. I have spoken to Stephen Booth and Keith Haslam and they have said they wouldn't stand in my way and would only ask a small fee, though I don't know where the figure of £20,000 being quoted has come from.

"There are a few people interested, but I am in the same situation as several other players in that teams don't want to be paying out a fee for a player these days when there are some top quality centre halves available for frees.

"Maybe saying I can go for a small fee will go in my favour, though.

"I would like to stay in the League from a career point of view.

"I have played a lot of games now and a lot of good ones and I think I have done enough to stay in the League. It would depend who came in for me. I would not want to move to a club a million miles away.

"But, as leader of the side that was relegated, a part of me wants to stay here and put things right.

"I would not be disappointed if I ended up staying. I think there is still unfinished business for me.

"But, if I did stay, I hope there is a bit of ambition shown by people around the club. Things need to be sorted and players signed."

Buxton believes there were a couple of approaches for him during the January transfer window which were rejected.

But, as he has now been offered an improved deal to stay and is still under 24, he cannot leave Field Mill on a free transfer.

Midfielder Jon D'Laryea today confirmed that he had been part of manager Paul Holland's plans for next season at Field Mill.

Holland admitted that last week's retained list had been altered from his original plans - after he submitted it to owner Haslam and chief executive Booth.

That led to the boss - still waiting to see if he will be at the club himself next season - to stating that he would retain keeper and assistant manager Carl Muggleton, after he was not offered a new deal in the published list.

Now D'Laryea has also revealed that he was on the original list, too, and added to the BBC that he would like to stay in the area and sign for a local club.

Before the end of the season the midfielder had stated that he would like to try to help the Stags get back into the Football League next year.


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