And both are expected to line up this afternoon against Hucknall, as Reds aim to close in on a play-off place after stuttering over recent weeks (3pm kick off). "We needed refreshing and these signings give us more competition," boss Tommy Cassidy told News & Star Sport. "Derek Townsley is 34 and is a very experienced lad. He will do well at our level."
Carlisle-based Townsley was told earlier this month he could leave the Scottish First Division leaders as he would be out of contract at the end of the season. The former Carlisle postman has been in good form for Gretna but with the club likely to be playing in the SPL next season, it was felt he should be given the option of leaving Raydale Park.
Meanwhile, Kendrick admits he may lack a little sharpness today after only a couple of training sessions with his new team-mates. "I haven't played for three or four weeks but with more football and training, I should get better," he told News & Star Sport. "I just want to get a game and enjoy it."
Kendrick lives near Cassidy in Newcastle and has been impressed with the former Magpies' midfield star's approach to the game. "Tommy's a friend of mine and I have spoken to him over the years," the left-back added. "He's asked me to play for him on a number of occasions."
Kendrick spent four years at St James' Park under Bobby Robson, adding: "I learned a lot from him personally. Things I can take in to life after football - that you have to work hard and will get out of it what you put in."