Both have featured regularly over the course of pre-season, including second half substitute appearances in Tuesday night’s 3-1 win against Wakefield.
Parkinson, who spent last season on loan at Ossett Town, looked assured at the back while Dale added an assist to his two close-season goals, with the pair telling Tom Feaheny and Micky Ruddle that they are pleased to be involved in first team plans.
Dale said: “Tonight, it looked like we had more fire in our bellies, we looked more hungry for it towards the end of the game. I thought we did well overall tonight, we had a few chances but it could have been a bigger margin.”
Parkinson added: “We played some good football during the first half. The starting eleven did well and I thought the lads that came on in the end kept the ball well too.
Both are eager to secure a starting spot in Steve Kittrick’s side and help the Lions push for promotion, with help from the more experienced members of the squad.
Former Manchester United youngster Parkinson said: “I will always push for a starting place, although if Andy (Holdsworth) is keeping me out of the team then obviously I respect the manager’s decision.
“The experienced players like Mark (Bower) and Andy (Holdsworth) teach me a lot. They never get on at me and it’s always constructive criticism, even Chris (Holland) and Martin (Stringfellow) give me advice. It’s good to learn from them all.”
Dale remained at Nethermoor during the last campaign and made a handful of appearances while Parkinson played his football at Ingfield and the young winger believes he and his team-mates can be successful this season.
“We can’t do much better can we? I mean, getting 90 odd points and not going up,” he said.
“I think we can do the same this season and hopefully win the league, again with 90 odd points.”
Zack is sponsored by Rob and Alfie Hall although Macaulay is still available for sponsorship.