JOHN Pemberton has bolstered his ranks with the loan signings of young Liverpool defender Rhys Williams and Shrewsbury keeper Cameron Gregory.

Williams, 18, is a towering central defender who has trained with Harriers during the past couple of weeks, featuring in the pre-season win over Wolves.

While still at a young age, he’s already racked up plenty of accomplishments, having charged through the U18, U19 and U23 ranks at Anfield, where he’s been playing for the better part of a decade.

The Preston-born player was part of Liverpool’s FA Youth Cup winning squad last season, his rapid progress rewarded with a first professional contract earlier this season.

Rhys penned a loan deal with Harriers this afternoon that, with FA confirmation, will see him remain at Aggborough until early January.

Goalkeeper Gregory, 19, has been with Harriers for much of pre-season, and featured for the team in pre-season friendlies against Aston Villa and Bristol Rovers at Aggborough.

The imposing shot-stopper has risen through the ranks at Shrewsbury and has already been in and around the first-team squad there, having inked a professional deal a year ago.

He’s also not without non-league experience, having joined Halesowen and Chippenham Town for spells last season.

Gregory’s loan at Aggborough will run until January.

Both could make their debut if selected when the Reds host Leamington on Saturday in the first game of the new National League North season (3pm kick-off).