National League news – August 2023

BBC Sport tracks the latest news stories from the National League, including managerial announcements, new signings and contract extensions.

Check out the gossip page for the latest rumours, use our transfers page to track signings made by English Football League clubs or read more National League news from July.

10 August

Wealdstone have signed Newport County midfielder Sam Bowen on a season-long loan deal.

The 22-year-old Wales Under-21 international made 14 appearances for the Exiles last season after joining from Cardiff City.

Rochdale have signed midfielder Tommy McDermott on loan from League One side Port Vale until January.

The 18-year-old has come through the Vailants’ academy and made his senior debut for the club last season, going on to make a total of five appearances last term as well as featuring in Tuesday’s EFL Cup win over Fleetwood.

7 August

Altrincham have signed defender George Burroughs following his release from Championship side Coventry City at the end of last season.

The 20-year-old came through the Sky Blues’ academy and joins the Robins having been on trial with the club this summer.

5 August

Connor McBride has signed a one-year deal with Gateshead after scoring twice in two pre-season games for the club.

The Blackburn youth product spent last season at Raith Rovers, making 24 appearances.

4 August

Maidstone United have signed midfielder Liam Sole after a successful trial.

The former Watford, Milton Keynes Dons and Nottingham Forest academy player previously played for St Alban’s City.

Boreham Wood have signed former Queens Park Rangers midfielder Charlie Owens.

The 25-year-old played in three League Cup ties for the R’s during his six years at Loftus Road and also had loan spells at Colchester United and Wycombe Wanderers.

Aldershot Town have signed 21-year-old wing-back Olly Scott on a non-contract basis.

The left-sided player was most recently at King’s Lynn Town, where he played under Shots boss Tommy Widdrington and has also spent time at Blyth Spartans and Consett.

Oxford City have signed former England youth international Nya Kirby for the forthcoming National League season.

The 23-year-old, who was part of the England side that won the Under 17 World Cup in 2017, was a youth player at Tottenham and Crystal Palace and also had loan spells at Tranmere Rovers and Blackpool.

Maidenhead United have signed former Carlisle United striker Toby Sho-Silva for the 2023-24 season.

The 28-year-old helped Sutton United win the National League title in 2021 and has also played for Dover Athletic, Bromley and FC Halifax Town in the fifth tier.

3 August

Chesterfield have signed goalkeeper Ryan Boot on a one-year deal.

The 28-year-old had a trial with the Spireites in pre-season after leaving Solihull, for whom he made 193 National League appearances.

Halifax Town have signed midfielder Jack Evans, 22, after a successful trial.

The National League side say they have agreed an undisclosed financial agreement with his former club Hereford.

Oldham have signed midfielder Brennan Dickenson, 30, on a one-year deal after he was released by Carlisle earlier this summer.

He suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury last August and did not feature at all in the 2022-23 season.

The Latics also signed James Norwood from Championship side Barnsley for an undisclosed fee.

2 August

Maidenhead United have signed 21-year-old goalkeeper Daniel Jinadu.

The former Barnsley youngster spent last season at Dartford and also had a loan spell at Margate.

Aldershot Town have signed Portsmouth’s Tanzania international defender Haji Mnoga on loan until the end of the season.

The 21-year-old played 17 times for the Shots while on loan last season and has also spent time in League Two at Gillingham.

Gateshead have re-signed midfielder Luke Hannant on a two-year deal.

The 29-year-old, who was a free agent after being released by Colchester earlier this summer, previously played for the Heed between 2016 and 2018.

1 August

Southend United defender Tom Clifford has joined National League North club King’s Lynn Town after cancelling his contract with the Shrimpers.

Clifford, 23, who had been with Southend since their EFL days, scored five goals in his 62 league appearances for the National League club.

Stockport County have loaned striker Billy Chadwick to Gateshead for the season.

The 23-year-old, who only joined the Hatters this summer after his release by Hull City, spent part of last season at Boston United in National League North.

Aldershot Town have signed midfielder Ethan Burnett following a successful trial.

The 21-year-old, who has spent time on the books at Southampton and Reading, made 24 appearances during a loan spell with National League South side Havant & Waterlooville last season.

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