EVANS IS KEEN TO HANG ON TO ALEX

The Football League Paper - - FRONT PAGE - By Luke Mur­ray

ALEX Rev­ell may have at­tracted at­ten­tion from League One clubs this sea­son but Rother­ham man­ager Steve Evans be­lieves the striker could be a hit at that level with the Millers next sea­son af­ter he signed a new con­tract with the club.

The 29-year-old, who would have been a free agent in the sum­mer, was the sub­ject of a bid by Craw­ley last sum­mer and two un­named clubs in Jan­uary.

But af­ter Rev­ell ex­tended his deal at the New York Sta­dium un­til 2015, Evans says he has made the right choice.

“We knew the in­ter­est in Alex through­out the sea­son and in the Jan­uary trans­fer win­dow, the chair­man thank­fully turned down a cou­ple of of­fers,” said Evans.

“He turned a move to Craw­ley down for a size­able fee last year, and I said to him then: ‘Stay here and show us what you’re all about’ and to be fair to him, he’s been out­stand­ing

“Af­ter matches when I sit and have a beer or a glass of wine with a man­ager he’s one name who com­monly crops up with re­gards to how well he’s done.

“When I spoke to him about stay­ing here, his de­sire to play for us was in­cred­i­ble.”

FA Cup hero Mark Beard is step­ping into the box­ing ring next month in a bid to raise money for Can­cer Re­search UK.

Craw­ley Town youth team boss Beard best re­mem­bered at The Den for scor­ing in a 2-0 FA Cup win over Ar­se­nal at High­bury is tak­ing part in Fight4 Can­cer.

He is now set to fight un­beaten light wel­ter­weight prospect Ricky Boy­lan while former Brent­ford de­fender Jay Lovett is also fea­tur­ing on the same bill on Fri­day May 3.

Beard who fought as a young­ster be­fore switch­ing to foot­ball can­not wait for his big night at The Coronet in Lon­don’s Elephant & Cas­tle.

He said:“My Un­cle Tommy had a gym in Dul­wich. So be­tween 10 and 16 I boxed.Then when I signed for Mill­wall I had to give up. I have car­ried on do­ing the train­ing and the boys who are run­ning the event are Mill­wall fans and put out an ap­peal and even though he is a pro­fes­sional I said:‘I’ll do it’.

“The last time I was in the ring I was 16 so that’s 22 years ago. I am a mas­sive box­ing fan with a guy I look af­ter Frank Buglioni. He has a big fu­ture.

“I am fight­ing Ricky and he is a Mill­wall fan. I know he is un­beaten but he has got to catch me first – I am quicker than him!

“I think he is us­ing it as a bit of spar­ring.We are us­ing 16oz gloves so there is a lit­tle bit more pad­ding and we are also wear­ing head gear. It would be great to see some Mill­wall and Craw­ley fans there.”

NOT ON ME ’EAD SON: Mark Beard in train­ing for his big fight night

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