Derby County have completed the signing of Crewe Alexandra duo John Brayford and James Bailey.
The Rams have agreed an undisclosed fee for the pair and both have signed three-year contracts at Pride Park.
Brayford, 22, can play at centre-half or right-back and played under Derby boss Nigel Clough at Burton Albion.
Bailey, now 21, came through the Club’s Apprenticeship programme and has impressed as an all action midfielder with an eye for a pass.
“We are delighted to bring John and James in; both are young players who have a very bright future in the game.”
“We’ve made no secret of the fact we have been interested in John for some time, so to finally land him is very satisfying.”
“I know all about John having worked with him at Burton Albion and I have no doubt he will be able to make the step up to the Championship.”
“James is a determined midfielder who has been impressive every time we have watched him and we’re delighted he has also joined us.”