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Gaffer expects trio to stay

9 June 2015

Club News

Gaffer expects trio to stay

9 June 2015

Tafazolli and Lambe to stay, whilst Clements is close to a new deal.

Duo Ryan Tafazolli and Reggie Lambe will remain at the club for the 2015/16 campaign, whilst playmaker Chris Clements is close to agreeing terms on a new deal according to manager Adam Murray.

The gaffer, who was speaking in a recent interview, says the club have took up options on the contracts of Lambe and Tafazolli, who both played a key role in helping us maintain our Football League status last term.

“Everybody who we have offered contracts to, who haven’t gone elsewhere, want to be a part of this football club and what we’re doing here,” said Murray.

“It’s just a matter of discussing what’s best for both parties at the minute.”

He continued: “Reggie (Lambe) and ‘Tafs’ (Ryan Tafazolli) will be with us as we’ve got options on their contracts. Obviously they were happy to be a part of what we’re doing. Reggie has been away on international duty and ‘Tafs’ has been away on holiday.

“Chris (Clements) wants to stay on board with us. We’re just trying to sort his deal out and get the best deal for the club and for him.”

Having signed no fewer than eight players already this summer and more expected to follow before pre-season training begins at the end of the month, our manager says that his priorities now are to strengthen our team defensively – including finding the correct goalkeeper for Mansfield Town.

“I think we still need to bring in a couple more bodies in the defensive areas,” admitted Murray.

“Obviously the goalkeeper is a huge one. We’ve spoken to a number of candidates for that position and I’m not going to rush into that one, because I want to make sure it’s right for us.

“Since we lost ‘Maz’ (Alan Marriott) we haven’t really replaced that figurehead. We’re speaking to some really good quality goalkeepers ranging from higher levels to the experienced and efficient goalkeeper that’s got a good knowledge of our league.

“We’ve got a range of people that we’re looking at and it’s one where I do want experience in because I think it’s a vital part. To marshal and to lead a back four, you need to have that character in between the sticks.”

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