Lincoln and Tamworth are reported to be in the hunt for released Crawley defender John Dempster after Mansfield withdrew from the chase. The 29 year old Conference veteran is wanted by the Imps as a replacement for Ashley Westwood, who quit the club last week to take up a coaching role with Portsmouth. Tamworth have confirmed the signing of Lee Hendrie for the coming season.
Grimsby are reported to be trialling midfielders Ian Craney and Derek Niven. Ex-Accrington man Craney left the Crown Ground in the summer after several spells with the club, while Niven has just left Chesterfield after nine years. Gillingham have averted the threat of being thrown off their training ground after reaching an agreement with the local council over payment.
Macclesfield have signed Luton midfielder John-Paul Kissock on loan until the January transfer window. The former Southport man, and one-time Bulls trialist, started only eight games for the Hatters following a five-figure move from the Merseyside outfit. Lincoln have held ticket prices for the coming season, charging £18 for seating and £16 for terrace on the day.