Derby County Under 23s striker Offrande Zanzala has joined Sky Bet League Two outfit Accrington Stanley on loan until the end of the season.

It is the third senior loan for Zanzala, who has previous first team experience with both Stevenage and Chester.

Zanzala joined Derby in 2009 and has remained a part of the club’s academy ever since.

The 20-year-old made his debut in the Under 21s Premier League for the Rams in August 2014 against Stoke City.

After making four substitute appearances for the Rams during the start of the 2014/15 campaign, the forward moved to Stevenage on a one-month loan deal; Zanzala made two appearances for The Boro, receiving yellow cards in both matches.

Zanzala then returned to his parent club’s academy, where he went onto score eight times and provided one assist in nineteen appearances during the 15/16 campaign.

The forward suffered an Anterior Cruciate Ligament injury at the start of the 2016/17 campaign which forced him to miss the entirety of the season.

After six appearances at the start of this season, where he scored twice and set up one more, Zanzala moved on loan to National League side Chester and featured four times for the Cheshire-based side.

Zanzala, who hails from the Democratic Republic of Congo, then returned to Derbyshire and scored twice against West Ham United and provided an assist against Arsenal before agreeing his loan deal with John Coleman’s side.

The 20-year-old has become the sixth player from the Under 23s side to move away from the club on loan, with Kellan Gordon, Timi Max Elsnik (both Swindon Town), Max Lowe, (Shrewsbury Town), Charles Vernam (Grimsby Town) and Emil Riis Jakobsen (VVV-Venlo_ also away for the remainder of the campaign.

Accrington are next in action on Saturday, where they will face Cheltenham Town at Whaddon Road and Zanzala could make his debut for the promotion-chasing side.

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