Shirtliff..'Personally I have not had any firm offers...'

Speaking for the 1st time about the Barker deal that fell through last week, Stags boss Peter Shirtliff hinted that the decision was taken above his head, telling the Mansfield CHAD Website that "Personally, I have not had any firm offers for Richie."

"It is part and parcel of football when you are playing well that other clubs will be linked with you.

"There have been enquiries from different clubs for a few of our players.
"Richie is a Mansfield Town player and that is as far as it goes.

"Players cannot be sold until the January transfer window in any case.

"Richie is my captain and top scorer and is also among the division's top scorers.

"He is playing well and if he wasn't there wouldn't be any of this speculation.