Phil Parkinson has bolstered his Altrincham defensive options with an ‘absolute colossus’ after signing Wales under-19 centre-back Billy Sass-Davies on loan for the rest of the season.

The Altrincham manager closely monitored Sass-Davies’ progress through the youth ranks at Crewe but admitted he was still taken aback by the teenager’s imposing physical presence when he faced the Robins a month ago as the cornerstone of FC United of Manchester’s defence.

Sass-Davies was on loan at Broadhurst Park at the time, and when his agreement there came to an end, Parkinson seized his opportunity to wrap up a deal he views as a significant breakthrough in Alty’s quest to secure a play-off place.

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