Big Deals Are Being Done As The Season's Start Gets Closer

By Sam Elliott

Time is ticking down until the start of the new season and squads are really taking shape with just weeks to go.

The Vanarama National League North and South sides begin on August 14 - with the National League clubs returning a week later.

The race is on to get things perfect for the opening day and more big deals have been done this week.

Perhaps the signing of the summer so far was made on Friday afternoon.

Wrexham reportedly pipped Championship clubs to the signing of Cambridge's promotion-winning top scorer Paul Mullin, pictured.

Last year’s League Two player of the year, 26, was wanted by dozens of EFL sides.

But the lure of the Dragons new Hollywood owners Rob McElhenney and Ryan Reynolds was too much.

Mullin, who netted 32 times last season for Cambridge, said: “The ambition of the club attracted me here.

“Rob McElhenney gave me a call a couple of nights ago - he really sold the club to me. What they have planned for the club is magnificent and something I want to be a part of.”

Wrexham have added another strike and a defender - FC Halifax hitman Jake Hyde and Southend’s Harry Lennon have moved to the Racecourse.

Notts County have really been busy - they have signed Swindon Town midfielder Matt Palmer.

They have also brought it winger Aaron Nemane from Torquay as Ed Francis also arrives.

The Magpies aren’t the only team to put their foot down over the past few days.

Torquay United have gone on a signing spree with seven new faces.

Goalkeepers Marcin Brzozowski and Mark Halstead join Gary Johnson’s side.

Defender Ali Omar, Dan Martin, midfielder Tom Lapslie, winger Keelan O’Connell and forward Klaidi Lolos making it seven.

Experienced Nathan Pond will wear an AFC Telford United shirt next season.

Bath City are moving in the transfer market - Elliott Frear will play for Jerry Gill next term, and so will goalkeepers Will Fuller and Harley Wilkinson.

Boston United are really impressing this summer, now they have signed former Oxford United defender Jake Wright.

Yeovil Town have signed ex-Stevenage and Leyton Orient midfielder Dale Gorman from Glentoran.

But newcomers Southend have lost Timothée Dieng, who has signed for Exeter City.

AFC Wimbledon forward Corie Andrews will be on loan at Aldershot Town until January. The Shots have also welcomed defender Kevin Lokko from Harrogate Town.

Bolton Wanderers defender Reiss Greenidge has joined Barnet on loan for the season.

They aren’t the only club borrowing a player - Maidenhead United have signed Reading goalkeeper James Holden.

Solihull Moors manager Neal Ardley has moved for ex Barnet defender Matt Preston.

Tom Walker has re-joined Stockport County on a one-year deal.

Meanwhile it has been announced that Blyth Spartans legend Robbie Dale will come out of retirement to play for the club next season.

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