Palmer wants former Stag
By Simon Fudge. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
Mansfield Town boss Carlton Palmer has revealed his interest in bringing striker Chris Beardsley back to the club.
The former Doncaster Rovers hit-man looks set to leave Aggborough after turning down a new deal with the Conference-bound club.
The former Stockport County boss admitted that talks have begun over a move for the 21-year-old.
"I have spoken to Beardsley's agent and to Stuart Watkiss about him, as I would like to bring him back to this football club," Palmer told the club's official website.
"The lad is keen to come back, but Kidderminster are holding out for a transfer fee and we don't see it as that kind of deal.
"There is still some negotiation to be done before a deal is struck."
Palmer is also hoping to secure a new deal with goalkeeper Kevin Pilkington by offering him an option for another year.
"I spoke to Kevin about his contract and I will be talking with him again and hopefully he will choose to stay at the club," Palmer added.
The Stags boss, however, has decided to release right back Scott McNiven after the defender failed to maintain his fitness.
The 26-year-old missed a large part of the season after being diagnosed with testicular cancer back in November, but returned to make seven appearances for the club.
Despite coming back, Palmer has opted not to keep McNiven on for next season.
"I need someone in now who is fully fit," Palmer said.
"It's been a tough decision, but one I've had to make."