dcfc.co.uk monitors the progress of Derby's out on loan players during the last week.

Seven members of Nigel Clough’s squad are currently out on loan in a bid to get first-team football under their belts.

Here’s dcfc.co.uk’s review of their progress during the last seven days.

Conor Doyle (DC United - Loan deal until December 2013)

USA Under 2e international forward Doyle came off the bench for the final 23 minutes as DC United lost 2-1 to New England Revolution on Saturday in the MLS. They remain bottom of the Eastern Conference after 29 matches and face the team directly above them, Toronto FC, at home, in their next game on Saturday.

Total Appearances: 4 (+ 6 Sub) Total Goals: 2

James O'Connor (Bristol City - Loan deal until January 2014)

Defender O'Connor joined League 1 Bristol City on a half-season loan deal at the start of September and made his fourth successive start in their 3-2 defeat away to Swindon Town on Saturday. However, he suffered an injury in the second half of the game and was stretchered off, with manager Sean O’Driscoll admitting the injury ‘could be serious’ and that he ‘could have ruptured something’. More news is expected on his fitness in the coming days. City remain 21st in League 1 and are still without a league win this season.

Total Appearances: 4 Total Goals: 0

Tom Naylor (Newport County - Loan deal until January 2014)

Defender Naylor had been an ever-present in the Newport side since moving on a half-season loan to Football League new-boys a month ago, but after scoring two own goals last weekend in their 3-2 defeat to Morecambe he was named on the bench for their 2-0 win at Exeter City. He came on for the final 20 minutes of the game at St.James’ Park and their next game is at home to Cheltenham Town on Saturday, with Justin Edinburgh’s men currently 11th in the table.

Total Appearances: 6 (+1 Sub) Total Goals: 0

Callum Ball (Torquay United - Loan deal until October 2013)

Striker Ball (pictured above) has now made ten successive starts for Torquay, after agreeing to join Alan Knill’s League Two outfit on the eve of the 2013/14 season. He opened his scoring account for the Gulls with a well-taken brace as they defeated Cheltenham Town 4-2 at Plainmoor on Saturday. He showed great composure to roll home the opening goal of the game and he also saw a deflected shot find the net to put the hosts 2-1 up. The Gulls are now 16th in the table and are away to Newport County on Saturday in their next game.

Total Appearances: 10 Total Goals: 2

Ross Atkins (Alfreton Town - Loan deal until June 2014)

Goalkeeper Atkins has started all ten of Alfreton's Conference games so far this season, including last Tuesday’s 1-1 draw with leaders Cambridge United and Saturday's impressive 3-1 win over Barnet at the Impact Arena. Atkins has been in fine form between the posts and Alfreton, who are a part-time outfit, are up to 3rd in the Conference. Their next fixture is away to Welling on Tuesday.

Total Appearances: 10

Josh Lelan (Gateshead- Loan deal until October 2013)

Defender Lelan made his professional debut for Conference side Gateshead on Saturday, just over 24 hours after joining Gary Mills’ men on a month-long loan deal. He went straight into the starting XI at full-back and produced a solid display as they ran out 1-0 winners at Tamworth. Gateshead are now 17th in the table with ten points on the board after the same amount of games and are at home to Chester on Tuesday in their next game.

Total Appearances: 1 Total Goals: 0

Ross Etheridge (Gresley FC -Loan deal until November 2013)

Goalkeeper Etheridge extended his loan spell at Evo-Stik NPL Division One South side Gresley last week by a further two months until November, and they claimed an impressive 3-1 success at Goole AFC on Saturday. The win lifted Gresley up to 18th place with six points to their name after seven matches. Their next game is against Sutton Coldfield Town tonight in the league and then Brackley Town in an FA Cup 2nd Round Qualifier.

Total Appearances: 8


Check back to dcfc.co.uk next week for the latest ‘Loan Watch’ update.

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