Mark Yates has completed a double loan deal to bolster Kidderminster Harriers' attack and defence ahead of tomorrow's clash at their old rivals Hereford United.

The Aggborough manager had snapped up Bury striker Jon Newby and Nuneaton Borough's former Birmingham City centre-back Simon Rea, with both joining on month-long deals.

Newby has been a regular marksmen in the lower Leagues, having cost Bury £100,000 from Liverpool in 2001. His goal scoring exploits attracted interest from clubs in higher divisions before he moved on to Huddersfield Town. He then returned to Gigg Lane at the start of last season.

"Jon is a young player who's very, very talented," said Yates. "He's just coming back from an injury and the Bury manager, Chris Casper, has been good enough to let us take him on.

"He's got bags of pace, he holds the ball up well and he knows where the back of the net is. Hopefully, he'll do well for us."

Rea almost moved to Aggborough last season when he was at Peterborough United and then-Harriers boss Stuart Watkiss was looking for reinforcements to a struggling side.

Though he stayed put, Rea was freed in the summer and then joined Nuneaton, only to be hampered by injuries. The 6ft stopper had just returned to Boro after a stint at Red-ditch United.

Yates said: "Simon is a player I've played against many times. He's a good, experienced, solid defender who I know will do a good job for us."