STAGS SIGN CENTRAL DEFENDER JOHN DEMPSTER ON LOAN
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Dempster joins on loan from Crawley
mansfieldtown.net, Tue 22 Nov 2011
Experienced defender John Dempster has joined us on a three month loan from League Two promotion hopefuls Crawley Town.
The 28-year-old made 15 appearances last season for the Red Devils in their BSBP-winning season last term.
Dempster was captain of Kettering Town when they stormed to the Conference North title in 2008 and went on to make over 115 appearances for the club.
His first championship medal was with Rushden and Diamonds, his first club, when the Diamonds won promotion from League Two in 2003.
Manager Paul Cox told mansfieldtown.net: "John comes very highly rated and can play in a number of positions. He is an experienced campaigner and his signing will give us various permutations.
"We've had to be on the ball to get him on loan, but the squad has needed strengthening for some time now.
"I'll be looking to add further bodies to the squad before the weekend. At this stage of the season, injuries and suspensions are creeping up on us, as well as fatigue, so it's important that we add depth to our squad."
Dempster joins Mansfield
crawleytownfc.com, Tue 22 Nov 2011
Manager Steve Evans has confirmed that experienced central defender John Dempster has today joined Blue Square Bet Premier play-off challengers Mansfield Town on loan.
With the emergency loan transfer window closing on Thursday, a number of hig- flying Conference Premier clubs made an approach over the weekend for John's services but the player has decided to join Paul Cox's Stags.
The loan period will be for 93 days but Reds have a 24-hour immediate recall clause inserted in the agreement which would only come into effect after 28 days of the loan.
The Gaffer said: "John had a number of loan options open to him but he has chosen Mansfield Town ahead of a number of clubs near the top of the Blue Square Premier.
"They are without doubt a big club at that level and Paul Cox is a manager who I believe will ultimately get success for them so this could be a good move for the lad and Mansfield Town short term.
''It is very important we balance our team budgets and at the same time ensure our players are playing first-team competitive matches. The Blue Square Bet Premier is a tough league and it has improved year after year and this loan deal suits all parties."
Dempster happy with Mansfield move
chad.co.uk, Thursday 24 November 2011
JOHN Dempster had little hesitation in choosing Mansfield Town once Crawley boss Steve Evans told him several clubs wanted him on loan.
“Mansfield was the ideal club for me and I am looking forward to my three months here, said the big central defender who has won league titles with Rushden and Diamonds, Kettering Town and Crawley Town.
“It is a massive club and very capable of challenging for the play-offs.
“I am an honest player and I can promise the fans they will get hard work and commitment from me.
“It is up to the manager now whether he throws me straight in. You always want to play and I can play in a number of positions. If he doesn't stick me straight into the back four on Saturday I will bide my time and work hard in training”
Reds loan Dempster to Mansfield
IanLamont, Sussex Argus, Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Follow.Crawley Town have sent experienced central defender John Dempster out on loan to Blue Square Bet Premier play-off challengers Mansfield Town.
Seveal approaches were made for the defender ahead of the loan window closing on Thursday, but the player decided to join the Stags.
He has already had one loan spell, with Ben Smith at Kettering, earlier this season. The loan will be for three months, with a 24-hour recall available to the Reds but only after 28 days.
Dempster last featured for Crawley a a substitute in their FA Cup tie at Bury, when Claude Davis failed a fitness test. Davis has since recovered from his thigh injury but Dempster faced huge competition for a starting place from Davis, returning club captain Pablo Mills and Kyle McFadzean. The latter is suspended for this weekend's trip to Rotherham after picking up a fifth booking on Saturday, with Mills and Davis likely to start.
Reds boss Steve Evans Gaffer said: "John had a number of loan options open to him but he has chosen Mansfield Town ahead of a number of clubs near the top of the Blue Square Premier.
"They are without doubt a big club at that level and Paul Cox is a manager who I believe will ultimately get success for them, so this could be a good move for the lad and Mansfield Town short term.
''It is very important we balance our team budgets and at the same time ensure our players are playing first-team competitive matches."
Midfielder Smith is among those who could be sent out on loan by Thursday. Both featured in the reserves' 5-0 win over Brighton on Tuesday, Hope Akpan (2), John Akinde, Jon-Paul Pittman and Michael Doughty scoring
Stags clinch Dempster signing – with more to come
Nottingham Post, Wednesday, November 23, 2011
JOHN Dempster joined Mansfield Town from Crawley last night, with boss Paul Cox determined there will be more new arrivals to swiftly follow.
The loan transfer window closes until January at 5pm tomorrow for deals involving Football League clubs and at 5pm on Saturday for those in the Blue Square Bet Premier.
With the versatile Dempster plying his trade with the League Two Red Devils, Cox has been forced to move quickly to get his man.
The former Kettering and Rushden man, 28, is best known as a central defender, but can operate as a right back or as a holding midfielder.
Dempster has agreed a three-month loan deal, although Crawley have insisted on a clause enabling them to recall him at 24-hours' notice.
"It's vital that we get more bodies in because we only have 23 in the squad," said Cox.
"He comes with a very good pedigree and you don't get signed by Crawley if you are not well thought of.
"He can play pretty much anywhere at the back, is very experienced and can weigh in with goals.
"With him able to play right-back, it could allow us to push Luke O'Neill further on.
"It's a short-term deal for the moment and we will see how things go from there.
"But he is one of three or four I would ideally like to bring in before Saturday."
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