ROTHERHAM WORK OUT /JASON BRADLEY STILL ON TRIAL
Stags shake off the rust at Rotherham
CHAD.co.uk, 15 July 2009, By John Lomas
DAVID Holdsworth was delighted with his players' first work-out of the pre-season in three 30-minute (edit - correction by Martin, it was two x 45 minutes) behind-closed-doors at Rotherham this afternoon.
Every player, seniors and youngsters all got 45 minutes under their belts to shake off the rust with the Millers scoring mostly against a young line-up in a 4-0 win and Holdsworth said: "It was a great work-out.
"Scott Garner and Luke Jones looked like they'd played together for three years which was great to see.
"It was a good learning curve for the young ones against a side that will be pushing for promotion this season and goals scored were irrelevant.
"All the kids played, everyone got 45 minutes and even Paul Heckingbottom played for 15 minutes after his hamstring problems.
"I left out Jake Speight and Steven Istead with their tight hamstrings. Steven will play at Newport on Saturday, we will have to wait and see with Jake.
"We are very grateful to Mark Robins for today and he has invited us back during the season which we will certainly take up.
David Holdsworth video interview previewing Rotherham behind-closed-door friendly on 15July2009, and on trialist Jason Bradley -->
Bradley can earn himself permanent deal at Stags
Evening Post, July 15, 2009
MANSFIELD will sign up on-trial striker Jason Bradley before the start of the new season if he continues to impress, says manager David Holdsworth.
The 20-year-old frontman has been training at Field Mill since the players returned from their summer breaks.
So far, Holdsworth has liked what he has seen from the powerful 6ft 3ins former Darlington and Buxton player.
And the Stags boss admits he is tempted to bring in Bradley to compete with Daryl Clare, Rob Duffy, Jake Speight and Kyle Perry.
"Jason will be judged over the next two weeks, but he has already showed signs that he wants to be here," said Holdsworth.
"He's looking good. He's powerful and quick for his size and has impressed me."
Holdsworth confirmed that he will wait until the opening day of the season against Crawley before naming his on-field skipper.
Winger Ryan Williams was last week named club captain, hot on the heels of signing a new and improved deal.
He said: "Ryan is mature and sensible, very popular among the staff and ideal for the role.
"But the on-the-pitch captain will be a different person. I want someone who is vociferous, vocal and leads by example.
"There are a number of choices for that – there are a lot of contenders."
Holdsworth insists he is delighted with the players he has at his disposal after trimming his squad over the close season.
"There is now a large group of strong, athletic, quality people – and that bodes well," he said.
"I have reduced the numbers, but sometimes taking away is adding.
"I haven't got a strongest side, I've got a strong squad. Every player can play and I would have no hesitation in playing anyone who I have brought in."
Mansfield today play a behind-closed-doors game against League Two Rotherham United.
Jake Speight and Steven Istead (both hamstring) are likely to sit out the game as a precaution but should be fit to travel to Newport County on Saturday.
Duffy has been named as a one-off captain for the clash against his old club in South Wales.
Twins set to square up!
CHAD.co.uk, 15 July 2009, By John Lomas
HOLDSWORTH twins David and Dean (pictured) square up as managers for the first time on Saturday as Stags begin their pre-season schedule at Newport County (3pm).
Mansfield boss David, who has been absolutely delighted with how his squad has shaped up so far, will try to give his players 45 minutes and move things around - but admitted he wants to win.
"I am playing Dean at golf on Friday and I want to win that too," he smiled.
"He was a centre forward and I was a centre half so when we met as players it was always competitive.
"This will be our first meeting as managers and it is nice he is entertaining us. We will prepare for it as we will all season and we are looking forward to it.
"This gives us a chance to prepare for those long journeys you don't enjoy making during the season.
"Dean has brought some very good players in and we are both very ambitious and want to be the best we can be.
"Make no bones about it, he will want to beat me too."
Former Newport striker Rob Duffy will lead the side out as skipper for the day for the first half.
Stags will prepare for the Newport game with three 30-minutes at Rotherham today (Wednesday) behind closed doors - their first match action.
Holdsworth's squad have hugely impressed him so far and he said: "Everything is going fantastic and I couldn't be happier.
"We broke the back of the workload in the first two weeks and I couldn't have asked the boys to come back any fitter.
"All achieved the targets they were set and we have been monitoring them daily.
"I am delighted with the fellowship they've shown. The boys have bought into the team ethic and that will win them extra points this season.
"There is no me, me, me. no big time Charlies. Players are not trying to out-do each other, they are trying to help each other.
"And that is not by luck, it is by design. I interviewed over 70 players in the summer and was spoilt for choice really. All the players I have here want to play for me and for this club.
"It is tough to pick an 11 at the moment. There is no one in the squad who I wouldn't choose. We have good competition for all positions, we are strong, flexible and athletic and I can use different formations."
Although there are no injuries yet, three players are being monitored fitness-wise and none of them are likely to be risked against Rotherham.
Paul Heckinbottom is being eased back from a hamstring injury at the end of last season while Steven Istead and Jake Speight have tight hamstrings.
"There is no need to rush Paul, we want him to be right," added Holdsworth. "And Jake and Steven are paying for their enthusiasm.
"They want to be at the front of the running and I am having to put the reins on them a bit. It's wonderful to watch but their hamstrings are tight."
On Tuesday night Stags begin their home pre-season programme with the visit of Leicester City.
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