Mansfield Town sign Crawley Town defender John Dempster

John Dempster
Dempster joined Crawley from Kettering in January 2011

Mansfield Town have signed versatile defender John Dempster on a three-month loan from League Two side Crawley Town.

The 28-year-old made 15 appearances as the Red Devils won the Blue Square Bet Premier title last season.

But he has only played six games for the club this season and has been on loan at former club Kettering Town.

"John is an experienced campaigner, comes very highly rated and can play in a number of positions," said Stags manager Paul Cox.

"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."