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28th November 2011 14:08

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Kettering duo complete Stags move
mansfieldtown.net, Thu 24 Nov 2011

We are delighted to announce the signings of Aman Verma and Marcus Kelly from Kettering Town for an undisclosed fee.


The duo arrive at Field Mill on loan until January, and will officially become permanent additions in the New Year when the pair's 18 month contracts will commence.

Central midfielder Verma, 24, began his career with Leicester City but has had to venture into the lower realms of Non-League football following his initial release in the summer of 2008.

However, Verma kept in touch with the Foxes and after a short stint at Redditch United, was back at the club in December 2008 earning a six month contract following a successful trial. Verma, who is of Indian origin, was handed first team experience with loan spells at Crewe Alexandra, Histon, Kidderminster Harriers and Darlington.

After his second release from Leicester, Verma linked up with Kettering Town making a handful of appearances for the Nene Park based club before signing on the dotted line here at Field Mill.

Left back/midfielder Marcus Kelly began his career with Rushden & Diamonds where he made over 150 appearances with Rushden before making the switch to Oxford United in 2009.

Marcus' stay at Oxford was brief however, making just three appearances. The 25 year old was soon snapped up by Kettering and collected all of the club's end of season awards last term.

On capturing the duo, manager Paul Cox told mansfieldtown.net: "Both Marcus and Aman are very good players at this level and are of the right age. They are both technically very gifted and will give us the strength in depth which our squad needs."


Mansfield Town complete loan signings of Kettering Town duo Marcus Kelly and Aman Verma
chad.co.uk, Thursday 24 November 2011

MANSFIELD Town were able to take full advantage of Kettering Town's financial plight today when they were allowed to bring in the Poppies' star midfield duo of Marcus Kelly and Aman Verma.


With experienced central defender John Dempster and pacey striker Nialle Rodney already signed, it means Stags have strengthened their squad with four exciting-looking signings before the loan window closed tonight.

However, with Louis Moult, Matt Green and Keiron Freeman already in on loan, not all four new faces may be able to face Bath City on Saturday as clubs can only use five loan signings at once.

Kettering were forced to put their whole squad up for sale and, with his excellent connections and relationship with the Poppies, Cox was able to dive in and cherry pick Kelly, the club's player of the year last year, and Verma, whom Cox describes as a 'fabulous footballer'.

Kelly and Verma are on loan with a view to them signing 18-month deals in January.

“It has been a hectic few weeks in terms of travelling to watch players and making phone calls,” said Cox.

“It had really become apparent the squad lacked depth and needed strengthening. So we have gone for four players. I wanted to show we are really serious about staying in the pack and get through to Christmas on the heels of the big boys up there.

“All four are in different positions so it will also get one or two looking over their shoulders and help cover us for suspension, injury or loss of form. We now have quality in depth to come in. It is easy for players to fall into a comfort zone when you have a small squad.

“We need to raise the bar and push standards even higher.”

Boss Paul Cox told http://www.mansfieldtown-net he was delighted with the signings and said: “Both Marcus and Aman are very good players at this level and are of the right age. They are both technically very gifted and will give us the strength in depth which our squad needs.”

Bath have won only once in the league all season and at home their 10 games so far have produced that one win and two draws to leave them marooned rock bottom, already 11 points off safety.

“It is a good time to throw new players in and give us fresh impetus,” said Cox.

“Bath are fighting for their lives and a dangerous animal. So we must make sure we hit the ground running and get at them. We must put the onus on trying to win the game.

“Such is the expectation at Mansfield Town that we are expected to win whether we play Bath or Manchester United. It took extra-time for a League club, Dagenham and Redbridge, to beat them in the FA Cup last night so we know how tough it will be.

“Last week they were beating Southport 1-0 until the 89th minute too.”

Stags are without skipper Adam Murray, serving a one-match suspension, and, while Louis Briscoe is back in training at last today, Saturday will come too soon for him.

Bath today brought in teenage Bristol City left-sided player Joe Bryan on loan. He can play left back or left of midfield and should make his debut against Stags


Midfield duo complete Stags switch
Nottingham Post, Thursday, November 24, 2011

MARCUS Kelly and Aman Verma have become Mansfield Town's second and third signings of a busy loan transfer deadline day.


The Kettering midfield pair follow the arrival of Bradford striker Nialle Rodney, who signed a month-long deal this morning.

Left midfielder Kelly, 25, who can also operate down the middle, played more than 100 times for Rushden.

He was the Poppies' player of the year last season and is known for his creativity and flair.

Box-to-box central midfielder Verma, 23, came through the ranks at Leicester City.

He will be familiar to many Stags fans after helping Darlington to a 1-0 FA Trophy victory over Mansfield back in May.

"There is no better time than now to get people in and all four of the new lads we have brought in are in different positions," said manager Paul Cox.

"These two lads are very good players and can hopefully help us get back on a good run


New signings vital to Stags' play-off push – Cox
Nottingham Post, Friday, November 25, 2011

MANSFIELD Town's quartet of signings will give the team fresh impetus at a crucial time, insists boss Paul Cox.


After John Dempster was drafted in from Crawley on Tuesday, the Stags beat yesterday's 5pm loan deadline to secure Kettering pair Marcus Kelly and Aman Verma, along with Bradford's Nialle Rodney.

?All four are in contention for tomorrow's trip to Bath City, though only five of seven loan signings at the club – Matt Green, Kieron Freeman and Louis Moult are the others – are allowed in the squad of 16.

Cox feels the new arrivals were vital for the Stags to stay in the play-off hunt.

"It might seem strange to sign four before the deadline, but we need this if we are serious about staying the pace with the big boys," he said.

"Hopefully, one or two will be looking over their shoulders now because when we get injuries and suspensions, we have quality to bring in."

Left midfielder and former Rushden man Kelly, 25, and ex-Leicester central midfielder Verma, 23, have joined on loan until January when they are set to sign 18-month deals.

Kettering will receive an undisclosed fee for the pair.

Striker Rodney, 20, released by Forest in the summer, has agreed a one-month loan.

Cox added: "Marcus was Kettering's player of the year last year, has a lovely left foot and can play central or wide.

"Aman is very dynamic and a player who I can see getting back in the Football League, where he started.

"Nialle is a good player who needs to be loved and nurtured to get the best out of him."



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