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11th October 2002 9:12

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Stuart Watkiss will today speak with Leicester City boss Micky Adams over the future of Damien Delaney. Delaney's loan which is set to run out after Saturday's clash with Tranmere. Watkiss: "Damien has done very well for us in what has been a tough time. He arrived from a top club with top class facilities but his attitude has been fantastic. He's mucked in with everyone and has got on well with all of the lads, I'd like to keep him here for longer but we'll have to see. The financial side of things does come into it but firstly we have to see if Leicester are prepared to let us have him for longer. Micky Adams may wish to recall him as part of their first team plans. If it is viable that we can keep Damien then we'll do our best to extend his loan."

Stags central defender Stuart Reddington has joined Nationwide Confrence side Burton Albion on a one month loan deal. Watkiss said: "Stuart would be the first to admit that his performances so far this season haven't quite been as good as he is capable of. This loan deal gives him the chance to play in a good team at a decent standard and it will allow him to get games under his belt and get back confidence that he clearly needs. With Stuart now leaving us for a month it may mean that we can look to bring someone in who may be a regular starter, don't be suprised to see a little more activity on the transfer front over the next week."

Luke Cornwall will be training with the Stags until Friday where after that time a decision will be made as to whether or not the youngster joins the Stags on a one month loan. Stags manager Watkiss told mansfieldtown.net there are a number of things to consider; "Firstly we must ask ourselves if Luke will be a regular starter for us, it would be a waste of a loan signing for us and a waste to Luke if was only going to be a bit part player. We know he has ability but we have to look at how he fits in with our other strikers. There is also the financial side to look at so we will have to talk with the chairman and Luke's advisors before a decision is made. I don't think that anything would be sorted in time for this weekend." Watkiss was unable to watch Cornwall in action as he was at St Mary's watching Tranmere take a beating from Southampton, but the report he received from
Neil Richardson was most encouraging. "Richo says that all the lads played well. In particular Mark Hurst was exceptional in midfield, he's one of our youngsters that we think a great deal of. Allen Tankard was solid at centre half for the 45 minutes that he played and Peter Clark got through 90 minutes. Tanks has had a long time out and ideally will need another 90 minutes of a reserve team game and a weeks training. Peter hasn't been out for quite so long and with Reddington now at Burton, he will come onto the bench for the Tranmere game."
Posted by Martin Shaw


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