Academy graduate duo Andre Burley and Akin Odimayo have joined Waterford FC on loan until June.

The pair follow Adam Liddle to Ireland, who joined Derry City on a loan deal earlier this week.

Odimayo featured for the senior team in the 4-2 win over Plymouth Argyle in August, with Burley featuring more regularly having played against Blackpool in the FA Cup earlier this year.

Both players could feature for Waterford in their season opener against St Patrick’s tonight.

The pair both spoke to the club website and expressed their excitement at joining the Irish outfit.

Akin Odimayo said: “It’s been great since I’ve arrived. Everyone around the club has been really good in helping us to get to know everyone.

“Obviously coming in so close to the first day of the season creates a few challenges. Everyone is focused on the St. Pats game on Friday night, and all the boys are working hard in training.

“The training here is so good. It’s at a really high level. In my head, if training is this good I’m looking forward to getting out there and playing some games

“I’m excited to get playing. The fans can expect a defender who’s defensively solid and not afraid to put a tackle in, but at the same time I’m happy to play football when I’m on the ball.”

Burley added: “It’s a great club here. It’s a great set up with a really good group of boys in the dressing room. I’ve enjoyed every minute of it here since I landed.

“Myself and Akin have been playing together for years now. We both know how the other operates and we tend to play fairly well off each other.

“I’m looking forward to getting out and playing now in front of the fans. I’m one of those players who gives 100% every time. An old school defender, but like Akin I fancy myself to play football when I’m on the ball.