Big freeze sees Dempster loan spell at Stags fizzling out

DEFENDER John Dempster is seeing his impressive loan spell with Mansfield Town fizzle out frustratingly as the weather prevents a ball being kicked.

Stags were unable to tie up a deal for the experienced Crawley man in the January transfer window and know they will lose his services on 22nd February.

However, manager Paul Cox has intimated he would still like to go back in for Dempster when his Crawley contract expires in the summer – and the player admits he would be delighted if that happens.

“I left it up to the two clubs to come to an agreement,” he said. “I think Mansfield wanted to extend my loan, but Crawley said no and that was the end of it.

“I have enjoyed my time here and hope I get to play a few more games before I go back.

“I have sat down briefly with the gaffer and he made it clear he would be interested in signing me next season.

“This is the place I want to play next season, but I know that is pie in the sky at the moment as there are a lot of games to be played between now and the end of the season. I will just continue to do my best and see what happens.”

He added: “I have experienced this before and it’s all part of the game. All you can do is carry on enjoying yourself and see where it takes you.

“In my short time here I can see Mansfield are building a decent squad and it would be good to be part of that.

“I appreciate the support from the fans, I have enjoyed the games I have played in and I wish them well.

“It is frustrating and it will be even more frustrating if the lads get to Wembley. But this is the situation I’ve found myself in.

“I will go back to Crawley to join another fantastic group of lads and hope I can help them towards their goal of the play-offs or automatic promotion.”