DROYLSDEN have strengthened their squad with the double loan signing of Nyal Bell and Billy Hasler-Cregg from SkyBet League One side Rochdale on a month-long deal.

The Evo-Stik First Division North club have described the pair as ‘exciting young prospects’ on their official website.

The pair both signed their first professional deal at Spotland in the summer but have yet to feature for Keith Hill’s side during the 2015-16 season.

Bell, 18, is a forward and made three appearances for Dale last season including his debut as a late substitute in a 1-0 win over Coventry City.

Hasler-Cregg has been described as a midfielder by Droylsden but as a striker by Rochdale. The 19-year-old is yet to make a senior appearance but has featured on the bench for Dale.

Rochdale manager Keith Hill thinks the loan move will be crucial for the pair’s development. He said: “I want players to mature – I can’t wait for players to mature in their own time.

“The football environment is harsh and we’re looking for these young men to grow up quickly and accept their responsibilities.

“One thing I do know is that they’ll need to have that responsibility at Droylsden. Once they settle down they should become outstanding players for Droylsden.

“The loan is going to be a measure of their character and that’s what we’re trying to build. We’re trying to bring young players, who’ve got a really strong character, into the footballing world.”

The youngsters are expected to go straight into Droylsden’s squad for their away game at Ossett Albion this weekend.

Dave Pace’s side currently sit 18th in the league with just one win from their first six games.

By Callum Matthews
@Matthews1818

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