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TAMWORTH have completed the signing of former defender Michael Briscoe.
But the Lambs' have failed in a bid to sign ex-Port Vale striker Kyle Perry – who has chosen to sign for Mansfield Town.
See the July 2 edition of the Herald for the full story.


Stags boss swoops again to sign striker
EVENING POST, June 24, 2009

MANSFIELD Town manager David Holdsworth took his number of new signings into double figures today with the capture of striker Kyle Perry.

The 23-year-old was at Port Vale last season and had a spell on loan at Northwich Victoria.
Perry said: "There is just such a buzz around the place and it is fantastic what the gaffer has already done and wants to do here.
"I want to keep learning and progressing and I feel I can do that at Mansfield. It is a professional club and they have big ambitions.
"The gaffer says he wants to see big personalities in the dressing room and I think that is reflected in his signings.
"I haven't met too many of the other lads yet but I'm looking forward to that and we have to try to gel.
"I'm just excited to be here and I'm looking forward to the games getting going."


Striker Perry joins the Stags
CHAD.co.uk, 24 June 2009
Burly striker Kyle Perry has today become the latest addition to David Holdsworth's squad.

The former Port Vale striker has signed a two year contract, which will begin on Wednesday.

The 23-year-old, who stands 6ft 4ins and weighs 14st 11lb, began his career at Walsall and then moved on to Telford, where he scored 32 goals in two seasons.

He subsequently netted no fewer than 26 times for Willenhall Town before moving on to play for Chasetown, and was part of their FA Cup success which saw them reach the third round in 2008.

Perry was soon snapped up by Port Vale, where he spent last season, and had a short loan spell at Northwich Victoria - where he scored two goals in seven starts, before being recalled by Vale.

He netted a hat-trick against Stags' reserve team in January this year.
Perry told http://www.mansfieldtown.net : "There were a few clubs who I had spoken to, but the people here at Mansfield sold it to me.

"There seems to be a fantastic buzz around the place.

"I know I will have to fight for my place in the line up. I am very competitive by nature and I am very eager to get started," he added.

Incidentally, he is no relation to chairman Andrew Perry.

SUMMER INS: Paul Heckingbottom, Gary Mills, Tim Sandercombe, Daryl Clare, Luke Graham, Luke Jones, Jake Speight, Steven Istead, Craig Armstrong, Kyle Perry.

SUMMER OUTS: Nathan Arnold, Anthony Howell, Neil MacKenzie, Paul Mayo, Michael Blackwood, Gianluca Havern, Chris Wood, Jamie McGhee, Ryan Goward, Lewis Trimmer, Warren Burrell, Adie Moses, Jason White, Mark Stallard, Aaron O'Connor, Alan O'Hare, Alex Jeannin, Curtis Woodhouse.


Striker Perry relishing his chance at Stags
EVENING POST, June 25, 2009

KYLE Perry is relishing the fight for a starting place at Mansfield Town next season.

The tall striker has signed a two-year contract at Field Mill after leaving Port Vale at the end of last season.
But the former Walsall trainee knows he is by no means certain to be handed a starting berth.
Daryl Clare, Rob Duffy and Jake Speight are also champing at the bit to start up front while Conor Higginson and Louis Briscoe are other possibilities.
But the 23-year-old, who played for Chasetown in their run to the third round proper of the FA Cup in 2008, is ready for the challenge.
"I know there are other strikers here already and good ones at that, but you need that competitive edge," said Perry.
"I'm ready to battle for my shirt and I'm sure the rest of the other lads are as well.
"I don't necessarily think it's a straight fight between Rob Duffy and myself to start.
"Some teams are big, others are smaller and you utilise the squad you have for each game.
"Sometimes you have to take a step down to go back up and that's what I have in mind."
Perry spent a loan spell at Northwich Victoria under Andy Preece towards the end of last season, scoring twice in seven appearances.
The front man feels that experience will help him quickly adapt to the Blue Square Premier.
He said: "I'm a big strong lad who can hold the ball up and win it in the air and I'm not afraid to work hard.
"Growing up when I was with Walsall from 12 to 18 I used to play on the left – I'm left-footed – and I was utilised there in League One at Port Vale.
"I've sampled what this league is about and hopefully I can do a job alongside someone, or with another two if we played three up front."


Stags sign ex-Vale striker Perry
24 June 2009
Mansfield Town have signed former Port Vale striker Kyle Perry.

The 23-year-old failed to score in 33 appearances for Vale, but did manage two in seven while on loan for Northwich Victoria last season.

Perry, who has signed a two-year deal, will fight for a place with Rob Duffy, Daryl Clare and Jake Speight.

The burly forward becomes manager David Holdsworth's 10th signing of the summer as he looks to build a squad to return to the Football League.


Former Port Vale striker Kyle Perry signs for Mansfield Town

Former Port Vale striker Kyle Perry has signed for Blue Square Premier outfit Mansfield Town on a two-year deal.

Perry was released at the end of the season after playing 33 games for the Valiants.

He joined the club from Chasetown in January 2008 along with defender Chris Slater.

Perry told the official Mansfield Town website: "There were a few clubs who I had spoken to, but the people here at Mansfield sold it to me. There seems to be a fantastic buzz around the place."

Perry will link up with former Valiant striker Louis Briscoe who is also on Mansfield's books.


Perry started his career as a junior at Walsall, but was released from the Bescot Stadium in 2004, never having made the first team. He joined Conference North Telford United in the summer, and played there for two seasons. Despite his tally of 32 goals in 68 games he was released in July 2006.[1] This was despite the fact that the 20 year old's goal tally had actually made him the top scorer in the young club's history, his record standing until 1 December 2008 when Lee Moore bagged his 33rd.[2]

He joined UniBond Premier League newcomers Hednesford Town in the summer of 2006, but only played one game for the Pitmen - the opening day defeat against Marine before being released. He then moved to Southern Football League Division One Midlands side Willenhall Town, where he formed a potent partnership with another one-game-only ex-Hednesford striker, Matthew Barnes-Homer. Perry went on to score 26 goals for the reds and was selected in the Southern Football Division One Midlands Team of the year.

After a prolific season at Noose Lane, he joined Chasetown in the summer of 2007. Another excellent return in front of goal saw him play in Chasetown's 1–0 FA Cup victory over Port Vale in December 2007. In doing this he helped Chasetown become the lowest ever ranked club to reach as far as the third round proper of the FA Cup.[3]

He signed for Port Vale along with Chasetown teammate Chris Slater on 11 January 2008 for a nominal fee and gave up his day job as a graphic designer.[4] He made his debut for Port Vale as a 57th minute substitute in a 2–0 defeat to Swansea City in January 2008.[5] Perry later thanked Vale boss Lee Sinnott for saving his career.[6]

In December 2008, after not making an appearance for Vale in 3 months, Perry made it clear his intentions were to earn a spot in the first team and brushed off rumours that we would follow Chris Slater back into non-league football.[7] However by February 2009, he was informed that he would not be offered a new contract in the summer.[8]

On 6 March 2009, he joined Northwich Victoria on a one month loan.[9][10] This move was extended to a two month loan as Perry hit two goals in four games for the club.[11] After three further games the popular striker was recalled by Vale manager Dean Glover after the club's strike force were hit with injuries.[12][13]

[edit] Statistics
Club performance League Cup League Cup Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
England League FA Cup League Cup Total
2005-06 AFC Telford United Northern Premier League 6 7 0 0 0 0 6 7
2007-08 Chasetown Division One Midlands 11 6 10 1 0 0 21 7
2007-08 Port Vale League Two 16 0 0 0 0 0 16 0
2008-09 Port Vale League Two 15 0 0 0 1 0 16 0
2008-09 Northwich Victoria Conference National 7 2 0 0 0 0 7 2
Total England 55 15 10 1 1 0 66 16
Career Total 55 15 10 1 1 0 66 16



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