JOHN DEMPSTER AND JAMIE HAND SIGN FOR STAGS
Dempster and Hand sign for Stags
mansfieldtown.net Sat 14 Jul 2012
Defender John Dempster and midfielder Jamie Hand have been added to our squad after completing personal terms with us.
Dempster is no stranger to the Stags faithful having enjoyed a highly successful three month spell with us from Crawley Town last season.
The 29-year old 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.
More recently, Dempster was part of the Crawley Town squad which won the BSBP title two seasons ago.
Highly rated defensive midfielder Jamie Hand has made over 300 appearances in a career which began at Watford.
Hand, 28, has enjoyed spells at Chester, Lincoln and Ebbsfleet, amongst other clubs, and was the captain of Hayes & Yeading last season.
Manager Paul Cox said: "Both players bring great experience and a winning mentality to our squad.
"The supporters will know from last season the qualities which 'Demps' brings to the side. He has the pedigree we want, having previously won this division.
"Jamie will add steel and competitiveness to the squad but isn't just a ball winning midfielder as he has quality and range in his passing ability."
video interview with John Dempster and midfielder Jamie Hand