Kettering sign Crawley's John Dempster and Ben Smith

Ben Smith and John Dempster
Smith and Dempster have seen their first-team chances limited at Crawley

Kettering Town have signed Crawley duo John Dempster and Ben Smith on a month's loan.

It is a return to the Poppies for defender Dempster, 28, who left the club for an undisclosed fee in January.

Dempster told BBC Radio Northampton: "It's an opportunity to get some games, and when I found that Kettering were interested, it was a no-brainer.

"Mark Stimson has a good name in football and in time, Kettering will be successful under him."

Dempster spent three years at Rockingham Road after a move from Oxford, making 98 appearances and scoring nine goals.

"Obviously you want to play at the highest level possible but it's worked out for Kettering, Crawley and myself," he said.

"I'm going to take this month as it comes, we've got some big games, and we'll wait and see what happens."

Midfielder Smith, 32, played regularly as Crawley sealed the Blue Square Bet Premier title last season, but has made just five appearances in 2011/12.

He counts Reading, Yeovil and Shrewsbury among his seven former clubs.

"Ben is a ball player. We need to get him on the ball for him to be effective," said Dempster.

"He played a pivotal role in the [Blue Square Bet Premier] championship winning side, so he could be a very instrumental player for us."

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