Emerson is lined up for move to Seaview
Crusaders manager Stephen Baxter is hoping to tie up the signing of former Loughgall midfielder Alain Emerson in time to make his debut against Portadown on Saturday.
Emerson is one of a number of players who walked out on the Lakeview Park club after Jim Gardiner was sacked as manager and can now sign for a new club after the transfer window opened last night.
The Crues will have defender Barry Reid available for today's trip to Armagh City after he signed last week and another capture from Loughgall, striker Colin Magill, is also ready to pull on a Crusaders shirt once again after making his name at Seaview under Gary McCartney and Alan Dornan.
"The players that I have brought in and am trying to bring in will give me options in all departments," said manager Stephen Baxter.
"Barry Reid is available for the game against Armagh City and we have Barry Spence back from suspension.
"Hopefully Alain Emerson will sign within the week."
The Crues suffered a fourth successive league defeat on Saturday when they lost 3-2 to Linfield, but Baxter is far from despondent.
"The performance of the players was outstanding and they showed tremendous character after being 2-0 down.
"Linfield were playing for time in the final ten minutes and we will take encouragement from the performance.
"We are miles ahead of where we wanted to be at this stage so I am not overly concerned about our recent form, but it is important to get back on the rails."