Huddersfield Town forward Rekeil Pyke has signed for Rochdale on a loan deal until the end of the season.
The Terriers recalled the striker from his loan at Wrexham in the National League to allow him to play League One football for the rest of the season.
Pyke has played an important role for the Dragons as they strive to regain their football league status having netted five times in twenty-three league appearances in the first half of the season. The twenty-one-year-old told the club’s website that he was “looking forward to the new challenge and seeing what the rest of the season brings.”
“It’s a step up in the leagues for me so I’m relishing the opportunity to play in League One and I can’t wait to get started.”
Huddersfield Town Academy Manager Leigh Bromby explained the reason behind the move to htafc.com.
“I would like to begin by thanking Wrexham for taking Rekeil on loan again this season and helping with his development.
“The first six months of the season has been great for Rekeil, who has really stepped up and started to show the ability that we knew he had. He’s adapted well to senior football and improved his game, so he deserves a lot of credit.
“He’s earned the chance to challenge himself at a higher level now, and this move to Rochdale should be perfect for him. Rochdale has a lot to play for between now and the end of the season and I’m sure Rekeil will help them. We will watch him closely as he looks to take the next step in his career.”
The Dale are currently in a relegation battle, placed twenty-second in League One and travel to fellow strugglers Walsall on Saturday.
Wrexham fans have been impressed with the young forward this season and will be sorry to see him leave.
Rochdale fans may well be asking has Rekeil got the sort of goal record they need from a striker as they battle to avoid the drop. It is a big jump from National league to League One, and Rochdale fans might well be fearing the worst. It’s up to Rekiel to prove his worth.