TOWN have offered contracts to a trio of trialists just 24 hours before the high-profile pre-season friendly against Sunderland at the McAlpine (7.45).
Experienced Sheffield United defender Steve Yates is considering a two-year deal while Ian Hughes and Martyn Booty have 12-month terms on the table.
Having already played against Emley and Halifax, Yates will join Coventry midfielder Lee Fowler on the sidelines tomorrow as Marcus Stewart makes his first return to the McAlpine with Mick McCarthy's First Division side.
Town manager Peter Jackson, who takes a team to play Lee Sinnott's Farsley Celtic at Throstle Nest on Saturday (3.00), can play both Hughes (ex-Blackpool) and Booty (formerly of Chesterfield) in the home friendly because they are free agents.
"Steve Yates is very versatile and strong and I believe he would be a good addition to our squad for the new season," said Jackson today.
"We have offered him a two-year deal because he is currently under contract and I've been very impressed with him.
"On the training ground he gives it everything and, on the pitch, it's 110% all the time - which is what we want from all the players we are trying to bring in.
"Ian Hughes and Martyn Booty have also got plenty of experience, they have done well in their time here and, if possible, we would like to have them on board for this season in Division III."
The 32-year-old Yates, a Worthington Cup finalist with Tranmere who previously played for Bristol Rovers and QPR, has been given clearance to move on by Bramall Lane boss Neil Warnock.
"Steve can play at centre-back or in either full-back position and, having established himself with every club he has been at, he could be very useful to us when squad resources aren't massive," added Jackson.
Yates played only 13 times last season as United reached two Cup semi-finals and the play-off showpiece against Wolves at the Millennium Stadium, which they lost.
The 28-year-old Hughes, a £200,000 signing at Bloomfield Road from Bury six years ago, played 18 times for Blackpool last season and has played almost 200 senior matches for the club.
Booty, 32, who will again play right-back tomorrow night, began his career at Coventry and has also played for Crewe, Reading and Southend United.
He played 85 times for Chesterfield including 40 last season when he was a teammate of Rob Edwards.