Mansfield Town have conceded defeat in their attempts to add former Rotherham striker David Ball to their ranks for the coming season, as reported by the Mansfield Chad.
The 29-year-old scored five times for Bradford City last season during a loan spell but was released by the Millers upon his return to the club as they slipped into League One.
It certainly appears he won’t be moving to Field Mill this summer as manager John Dempster revealed the chase has gone cold.
“I had been speaking to David and his representatives, but that one is dead in the water now,” said the Stags’ boss.
“He’s got some other options he’s looking to pursue. I believe two are abroad and it wouldn’t surprise me if he hasn’t got a couple in this country as well.”
Ball began his career with Manchester City, enjoying a loan spell with Swindon which led to a permanent move to Peterborough United. Whilst at London Road he had two loan spells with Rochdale, then secured a move to Fleetwood Town.
He played 209 times for the Cod Army, scoring 49 goals, before making the move to Rotherham United.
Ball’s goal ratio isn’t fantastic, one in four at Fleetwood is about as prolific as he’s got, but he seems to be very much in demand. Spending his younger career at Manchester City proves he has a certain amount of quality, but aside from his spell at Highbury, he’s always flattered to deceive.
Whilst he’s not moving to League Two Mansfield, I think a League One move might be a bit beyond him, certainly if he’s intended to be the main striker at that level.
A move to New Zealand looks to be his best option, the standard is very different and at 29-years-old it’s something he can experience whilst he’s still in his prime, rather than dragging himself over there at the tail end of his career.