Kendrick heads north after Stags exit

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JOE Kendrick this week made a loan move to Conference North club Blyth Spartans after being told his Mansfield town contract would not be renewed next season.

The Irish left back began the season well before a back injury decimated his form and season and he looked a shadow of his former self on his recent return.

Manager Paul Cox moved quickly to bring in Sam Craven and loanee Paul Edwards to cover the position and said: “We wish Joe all the best.

“I had to be honest with Joe as he has a mortgage and a young family to consider.

“ I told him we wouldn’t be offering him a new contract next season and it would be in his best interests to look for a club. I wanted to give him a bit of a heads up.

“It’s nothing personal but we can’t stand still as a football club. It’s a position in which I felt we needed a bit of extra quality.

“It’s a horrible job telling players but it’s got to be done and I think Joe appreciated it. His missus is a native of the north-east so he has got himself a club up there.”