TOWN go into tonight's first pre-season friendly against Wakefield and Emley having agreed a two-year contract with Oldham midfielder Tony Carss.
The 27-year-old, known as `Duracel' because of his outstanding workrate, has completed a medical but cannot sign until Town's Football League fate is known.
It seems Oldham are resigned to losing their popular left-sided star and, while he is now training with Town, he is not involved against Ian Banks' UniBond League top-flight side at Belle Vue (7.30).
Manager Peter Jackson still fields a new-look Town side, however, with goalkeeper Ian Gray, striker Jon Newby, midfielders Lee Fowler and Tyrone Thompson and trialist defenders Martyn Booty, Ian Hughes and Steve Yates all in the 4-4-2 starting line-up.
Emley also have three new signings on duty in Andy Lee (Bradford), Jamie Ingledow and Chris Bowler (both Rotherham) as they contest the Mick Green Memorial Trophy.
Jackson said: "I want to give as many people as possible a run-out because tonight is all about improving fitness and having a first look at the lads who have been training with us in a match situation.
"We've got the friendlies coming up against Halifax on Saturday and Sunderland a week tomorrow to look more at the football side, but obviously it would be nice to start a winning habit tonight if we possibly can."
Town expect a few hundred supporters to travel (it's £5 for adults at the turnstiles and £3 concessions) and Jackson added: "We still need to add to the squad, but I've been pleased with the lads in training and it's looking positive that we are so far down the line with regard to Tony Carss."
Either Andy Booth or Jon Stead will partner Newby from the start tonight and Jackson has shelved his interest in Iffy Onuora, aiming to concentrate on bringing in further defenders.
"It's a bit difficult because of the state of the club, but the lads have been positive and the spirit on the training ground excellent.
"Now, all the lads have a chance to knock off some rust and show what they can do in what is basically a good training match."
On talks to conclude internet agreements and gain Football League approval, consortium leader Ken Davy said:
"An enormous amount of work is going on to ensure talks are concluded, but the negotiations themselves and the legal documentation are extremely complex and, therefore, time consuming.
"We know it's frustrating for the fans, but my personal view is that everyone is working constructively to secure the rescue of the club as rapidly as possible and we would hope to make a definitive announcement within days."
Wakefield and Emley (from): Cuss, Nicholson, A Wilson, Tonks, Day, Bambrook, Wood, M Wilson, Lee, Ingledow, Bowler, Twitchen, Manousios, Adams, L Wilson.
Town: Gray, Booty, Hughes, Yates, Edwards; Thorrington, Holland, Fowler, Thompson; Newby, Booth or Stead. Subs: Senior, Brown, Scott, Lloyd, Holdsworth, Ahmed, Washington, Kenworthy.