Advertisement

National League news - May

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 April.

24 May

AFC Fylde boss Chris Beech will continue to take charge of the club ahead of the 2024-25 National League season after having his contract extended.

Beech took over in December and kept the club in the National League.

He will be assisted by Nick Anderton, who takes on his first coaching role after he was forced to retire last year as he continued his recovery from bone cancer.

Midfielder Quevin Castro has left York City by mutual consent.

The 22-year-old signed from West Bromwich Albion last summer but has agreed to end his stay with the Minstermen after 16 appearances this season.

Woking striker Alfie Pavey has had his contract with the club terminated by mutual consent.

The 28-year-old joined in September from Farnborough and was loaned to Braintree Town for the second half of the 2023-24 season.

Barnet have signed Sutton United centre-back Joe Kizzi for an undisclosed fee on a three-year deal.

The 30-year-old made almost 150 appearances over three years at Sutton and is the Bees' seventh new signing of the summer.

Midfielder Kyle Finn, 25, has agreed a new two-year contract to remain with newly-promoted Tamworth until the end of the 2025-26 season.

Finn scored 14 goals last term as the Lambs won the National League North title.

23 May

Barnet have signed 25-year-old Ipswich Town goalkeeper Nick Heyes on a long-term contract.

He spent the second half of this season on loan at Solihull Moors where he played 28 times, keeping six clean sheets as he helped the club reach the FA Trophy and National League play-off finals.

Aldershot Town wing-back Olly Scott, 23, has signed a new contract keeping him with the National League club until the end of next season.

Tamworth striker Dan Crean has signed a new contract with the National League newcomers.

Crean has scored 84 goals in 148 appearances during five seasons with the Lambs.

20 May

AFC Fylde head coach Chris Beech has signed a new two-year contract at Mill Farm.

Beech, 49, arrived at Fylde as director of football in December 2022 but took the managerial reins on an interim basis after Adam Murray's sacking in October 2023.

The Coasters were bottom of the National League table when former Carlisle boss Beech took over but he guided them to safety as they finished 18th.

17 May

Barnet have signed defenders Joe Grimwood and Nik Tavares on two-year deals.

Former Dagenham and Redbridge centre-back Tavares, 25, played 31 times in the National League this season and has also had spells at Wealdstone and Crystal Palace.

Grimwood, 22, helped Braintree Town win promotion to the fifth tier this season and previously spent six seasons at AFC Sudbury.

Aldershot Town have signed goalkeeper Pat Nash, 19, from Farnham Town on a one-year deal.

Nash kept 31 clean sheets this season to help Farnham win the Combined Counties Premier Division South with an unbeaten record.

16 May

Wealdstone midfielder Max Kretzschmar has signed a new one-year contract to stay at the club for next season.

Kretzschmar, 30, has made 68 appearances for the Stones since being signed two years ago, scoring 14 goals.

Barnet defenders Jerome Okimo and Ben Coker have signed new one-year contracts.

Okimo, 35, has been the club's player-coach for the past two seasons, while 34-year-old Coker joined at the start of the 2023-24 season from Solihull Moors.

Former long-serving Colchester and Southend defender John White has announced his retirement.

The 37-year-old made more than 600 appearances in his 22-year career, playing more than 200 times for each club in near decade-long spells that included winning promotion with both.

White joined National League South side Braintree two seasons ago, becoming assistant manager this term.

15 May

Aldershot have signed attacking midfielder Haydon Vaughan, 18, on a two-year deal from Bracknell Town.

Hartlepool United left-back David Ferguson, 29, has signed a new deal to remain at the club for a fifth season.

Ferguson has made 193 appearances for Pools since joining from York City in 2020.

Woking have signed defender Ben Wynter from fellow National League club Barnet.

The 26-year-old scored five goals in 50 appearances for the Bees, who finished second in the league but lost to Solihull Moors in the promotion semi-finals this season.

Barnet have signed winger Jermaine Francis on a two-year deal.

The 22-year-old spent last season at Chelmsford City, where he scored 10 goals.

Altrincham have signed winger Lucas Weaver, 22, who scored 42 goals in 43 appearances for Colne in the North West Counties Premier Division last season.

14 May

Barnet have signed former Woking forward Rhys Browne, 28, on a two-year deal.

Altrincham director of football Rob Esteva has announced he is stepping down from his role this summer due to other commitments.

Kidderminster Harriers midfielder Ashley Hemmings has agreed a new deal with the club, having scored 13 goals in 45 appearances in 2023-24.

13 May

Eastleigh have signed 22-year-old centre-back Luis Fernandez for an undisclosed fee from National League South side Hampton & Richmond.

10 May

National League champions Chesterfield have released Jeff King, Laurence Maguire, Luke Chadwick, Bailey Clements, Harley Curtis, George Wilkinson, Sam Hooper, Archie White, Alexander Duhameau.

The club have triggered contract extensions for Ollie Banks and Michael Jacobs.

Wealdstone have appointed Matt Taylor as their new manager.

The former Swindon, Walsall and Shrewsbury boss joins alongside assistant Paul Hughes, while first-team coach Sam Cox, who led the Stones to safety last season after David Noble was sacked, has left the club.

Meanwhile the Stones are in talks with Max Kretzschmar, Dillon De Silva, Jaydn Mundle-Smith, Tarryn Allarakhia, Alex Dyer, Dominic Hutchinson and Declan Phillips over new deals.

Jack Cook, Mason Barrett, Kallum Sesay, Luke Dreher and Trae Cook-Appiah have joined new signing Deon Woodman in signing contracts, while the club, who finished 16th in the National League this season, have taken the option to extend the deals of Charlie Barker and Micah Obiero for another 12 months.

Meanwhile Jaiden Bartolo, Manny Duku, Corie Andrews, Marcus Dewhurst and Nathan Ferguson have all left Grosvenor Vale.

8 May

Altrincham have released Dan Mooney, Dior Angus, Joey Jones, Mitch Hancox, Liam Brockbank and George Burroughs after reaching the National League play-offs this season.

Max Haygarth, James Jones, Amaar Hussain, Justin Donawa and Sean Lawton have been invited to join pre-season training.

The club have taken up options to extend the contracts of Lewis Banks, George Wilson, Regan Linney and Justin Amaluzor, while Elliot Osborne, Matty Kosylo, Matt Gould and Owen German have been offered new deals.

7 May

Regan Griffiths, Kai Lissimore, Matt Preston, Sammy Robinson, Jay Emmanuel-Thomas, Ethan Freemantle, Gerry McDonagh and Nat Knight-Percival will leave Kidderminster Harriers following their relegation from the National League.

Josh Bishop, Samson Hewett, Seb Thompson and Noah Rubio have signed new deals with the club, while Christian Dibble, Alex Penny, Ashley Hemmings, Tom Palmer, Shane Byrne and Amari Morgan-Smith have been offered new contracts.

Krystian Pearce has been offered a job on the coaching staff.

3 May

FC Halifax Town have announced Rob Harker, Tom Wilson, Tom Scott and Luke Summerfield will leave the club when their contracts run out at the end of the season.

Halifax finished seventh in the National League, losing in the play-off qualifying round to finalists Solihull Moors.

Scunthorpe United have named first-team coach Andy Butler as their new manager.

The former Iron player has previously managed Doncaster Rovers Belles and had a spell in caretaker charge of Rovers' men's side.

He replaces Jimmy Dean after the club lost to Lincolnshire rivals Boston United in the National League North play-offs.

Dagenham and Redbridge have released six players following the end of the National League season.

Leaving the club are Josh Hare, Lewis Page, David Longe-King, Sydney Ibie, Omar Mussa and Rohat Matyar.

Discussions over new deals continue with Elliot Johnson, Nik Tavares, Inih Effiong, Josh Strizovic and Conor Lawless.

Dorking Wanderers have released eight players following their relegation from the National League.

Cameron Black, Harrison Male, Harry Ottaway, Haydn Hollis, Jack Jebb, Matt Everitt, Slav Huk and Tom Blair will all depart.

Meanwhile Barry Fuller, Callum Kennedy, Dan Gallagher, Isaac Philpot, Jason Prior, Jimmy Muitt, Luke Moore, Seb Bowerman have all agreed new deals for next season while 12 players remain under contract.

2 May

National League North side Scunthorpe have parted company with boss Jimmy Dean after losing to Lincolnshire rivals Boston in the play-offs.

The Iron finished second behind league winners Tamworth but were beaten on penalties by the Pilgrims last week.

Assistant Chris Plummer and strength and conditioning coach Ant Coombe have also been relieved of their duties.

“To be saying goodbye to Jimmy, Chris and Ant is undoubtedly one of our toughest decisions since we took ownership of the club, and it is a decision we’ve made with a very heavy heart," owner Michelle Harness told the club website.

Centre-back Cian Harries will leave Aldershot Town after turning down the offer of a new contract.

The 27-year-old made 48 appearances for the Shots after signing last summer.

1 May

York City striker Lenell John-Lewis has signed a new one-year deal.

The 34-year-old helped the Minstermen win promotion back to the National league in the 2022-23 season and scored 10 goals in 45 appearances in all competitions this campaign.