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David Holdsworth targets Lincoln City move for Wrexham striker Jake Speight

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: April 19, 2012

Jake Speight

Target: Bradford City's Jake Speight

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David Holdsworth has made Jake Speight one of his top summer transfer targets after finally striking a deal to remain in charge at Sincil Bank.

The Imps chief has reached an agreement in principle to continue in the hotseat after informal talks with chairman Bob Dorrian and the board on Tuesday night.

Having announced he was delighted to stay, Holdsworth is now pushing on with plans to improve his forward line – and is believed to have earmarked Speight as a target.

The Wrexham forward has scored 21 goals in 41 games for the high-flying Dragons who are bound for the play-offs.

Holdsworth is understood to have a good relationship with Speight who he signed for Mansfield from Droylsden in May 2009.

He was later sold by the Stags to Bradford for £25,000 although he began his career at Valley Parade with a 12-week jail sentence after being found guilty of assault.

But he has turned his career around impressively since then although City's chances of landing the forward will hinge on next season's budget.

Whatever money is made available, the City chief has made it his priority to improve his forward line, with Crawley's Richard Brodie another contender.

"If we can sign a forward who can score 15 plus goals then you will have a sustained run towards the play-offs," said Holdsworth.

I am embarrassed that we don’t have somebody who has scored more than ten goals,” added Holdsworth.

“That has to be a must if you have got ambition to progress, but they are certainly not easy to find.

“If you look at Fleetwood, they have a full compliment of strikers that have helped the team score 100 goals.

“But their players are on four times as much money as my lads are on.

“However, with a bit of hard work and contacts in the right places you can find those players. And that will be one of my biggest aims for the club this summer.”

Meanwhile, Lincoln are offering discounted coach travel to supporters travelling to Ebbsfleet as a thank you for their backing this season.

In conjunction with the Echo, the club are offering the first 200 fans the chance to travel for just £10 providing they present a voucher in advance.

Those who do not present a voucher, but want to travel will have to pay £19.50.

Fans are reminded the clash, which is the final game of the season, will kick off at the earlier time of 1pm.

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  • franky68  |  April 21 2012, 11:36AM

    micksut: To enlighten you Chris Powell cleared the decks at Charlton and brought his own 17 players in, look where they are now.Don't go talking about DH and his revolving door, he gave all of Tilsons players a chance, but then he had, had to have a clear out and got rid of the right ones as it has proved, and over the last few weeks credit to him for the squad he kept together we have some good results. Lets see how Mansfield fair in the play-offs shall we.

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  • franky68  |  April 21 2012, 11:26AM

    micksut: At least try to learn a little bit about football, DH is no longer any interest to Mansfield Town fc, he has brought players to lincoln who have played for very little, and given there all for him. I think in football as far as I am concerned players do need time to blend with one another, a number of weeks of the last few weeks we have done well with results, now he has been sticking to a settled squad, and all credit to him. One manager who did similar to DH Chris Powell at Charlton, and look where they are now. Like I've said before you support Mansfield, and unless you have anything good and truely constructive to say leave our team and forum to us , thank you very much.

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  • franky68  |  April 21 2012, 11:16AM

    micksut: At least try to learn a little bit about football, DH is no longer any interest to Mansfield Town fc, he has brought players to lincoln who have played for very little, and given there all for him. I think in football as far as I am concerned players do need time to blend with one another, a number of weeks of the last few weeks we have done well with results, now he has been sticking to a settled squad, and all credit to him. One manager who did similar to DH Chris Powell at Charlton, and look where they are now. Like I've said before you support Mansfield, and unless you have anything good and truely constructive to say leave our team and forum to us , thank you very much.

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  • LCFC1950  |  April 20 2012, 10:41PM

    Just watched Alan Marriott score a great goal in the televised Mansfield vWrexham game.Jake Speight had a very poor game for Wrexham.Please dont sign him Mr Holdsworth as reported in the latest edition of the Echo

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  • Resurrection  |  April 20 2012, 10:25PM

    @M1CKSUT DH may come knocking for Mazza after tonight, we have lacked a goalscorer this season.

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  • M1cksut  |  April 20 2012, 11:13AM

    reg will link up with every player in the conference if he gets the chance, most of them that he brings in will be played out of position and then dropped and shipped out on loan for not "inverting" themselves into brand holdsworth. he mangles football teams almost as much as he mangles the english language. i would say that you will be looking at up to 25 new players over the next season at least, with a further 10-15 loanees. duffy will be one of his targets for sure, but be advised, he will bring in players who have done really well at other clubs at this level, and will then totally ignore the type of game they need to thrive. hoofball will become the norm, and while the great keith alexander liked his teams to be direct, he at least knew HOW to play that way, holdsworth really, really doesnt. glad you survived the drop, and bersto fo luck next year, although i hope you dont mind if i say i hope we dont see you in the league next year! come on you stags.

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  • lincolnsar  |  April 20 2012, 12:00AM

    here we go . lets allert every other club to our targets and lose out as usual. lets all go oooooh a good player or oh no a bad player . then miss out signing them anyway , no player targets should be in the press

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  • lincolnsar  |  April 19 2012, 11:55PM

    lets just do what we normally do . make transfer targets common knowledge and alert everybody else . then miss out . no change here

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  • RIFRIF  |  April 19 2012, 9:28PM

    Bigfatbelly..... if these stories weren't on here you wouldn't be commenting on them. Personally, I'd rather read them than your rubbish....... I think a bit of speculation is brilliant even if it's not really gonna happen! UTI!

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  • redIMPoster  |  April 19 2012, 4:52PM

    No-one should be surprised that Holdsworth will be connected with re-assembling the whole of his 2009 Mansfield squad now he has at least one full season with us. The good news is that we will be linked with Alan Marriott soon as no doubt he will be out of contract at Mansfield next month and if they do get promoted his time there is limited. With Lincoln likely to lose players like Anyon it will be former Mansfield players we will be linked to from now until August! I just hope Holdsworth can assemble a squad that doesnt cost the earth but wants to play well for him and our fans and then maybe - just maybe- we can have a season of reasonable success rather than doom and gloom.

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