Profiles of the current Tranmere Rovers squad
Profiles of the current Tranmere Rovers squad
Scott started his career at Morecambe, where he progressed through the youth ranks before making his professional debut against Bradford City in 2005. He played in the Conference National Play-off Final in 2007, helping Morecambe secure a 2-1 win over Exeter City which earned them promotion into the Football League. His Football League debut came against Grimsby Town on 1st March 2008.
In 2010 Davies signed for Fleetwood Town and would stay there for 5 years, during which time he helped the Cod Army to a Conference Premier title in 2011-12. Loan spells to his former club Morecambe and Accrington Stanley brought his Fleetwood career to a close and he signed for Tranmere in 2015.
Davies cemented his position as the number one goalkeeper at Prenton Park, making 45 appearances and keeping 19 clean sheets. This form ensured Davies was offered a new contract and he signed a new 2-year deal in the summer of 2016.
Despite a managerial change early in the 2016-17 campaign, Scott held down his place as the Club's undisputed number one goalkeeper, keeping 20 clean sheets in 48 appearances throughout the season.
Interesting Fact: Scott's excellent debut season saw him named Players' Player of the Year 2015-16.
Although born in Liverpool, Adam was taught at Wigan Athletic before signing terms in 2010. He was an unused substitute for the first team as early as 2011 but he spent the following two seasons representing the development side, a Premier League survival battle an unsuitable environment to introduce young players.
After Wigan had lost the fight to stay up, Adam played in numerous first team friendlies during a pre-season tour of the USA in 2013 but he struggled for game time in competitive fixtures. To enhance his experience, Adam was loaned out to Burton Albion but returned after making just one appearance before departing for Accrington Stanley on loan, initially for a month and then for the remainder of the season.
His 11 appearances for Stanley persuaded them to sign him on a permanent contract for the 2014-15 season and he would go on to represent the Club 45 times across two seasons, scoring 2 goals. He was offered a new contract in 2016 but chose to sign for League Two rivals Portsmouth instead. However, he never made a league appearance for the Fratton Park outfit and in total he played just 4 times for Pompey, all in various cup competitions.
He was released in January 2017 and signed for Tranmere on a deal until the end of the season, making 12 appearances that included the 2017 National League Play-off Final at Wembley. He was rewarded for his contribution with a new 2-year contract on the 19th May 2017 and will be a part of the 2017-18 promotion attempt.
Interesting Fact: Adam was sent off on his Tranmere debut against Bromley on 11th February 2017.
A graduate of the Huddersfield Town youth system, Liam made his professional debut against Charlton Athletic on 28th August 2010. After an impressive start to his career at Huddersfield he suffered from a lack of consistent playing time and was sent on loan to various clubs between 2011 and 2014.
A short term stay at Swindon, a two-spell relationship with Chesterfield and a temporary arrangement at Rotherham United preceded a final loan spell, this time to Tranmere, in 2013. His performances for then-boss Ronnie Moore were enough to gain a permanent transfer to Rovers that summer and he has been a part of the squad ever since, enduring the heartache of back-to-back relegations but doing enough on an individual basis to secure further deals that kept him at Prenton Park until at least 2017.
After a 2016-17 season in which Liam made 42 appearances, including scoring the seventh goal in an astonishing 9-0 victory against Solihull Moors and an appearance at Wembley in the 2017 National League Play-off Final, he was offered a new contract at Tranmere by Micky Mellon.
He signed a new 2-year deal on 22nd May 2017 that will keep him at the Club until the summer of 2019.
Interesting Fact: Liam was sent off after just 32 minutes of his Tranmere debut against Port Vale.
Ritchie spent 8 years in the various youth sides of the famous Crewe Alexandra academy before being offered terms on a professional deal at Gresty Road. He had loan spells at Leek Town and Stafford Rangers, the latter winning the Conference North Play-offs in 2005/06. Ritchie went back to Stafford for their 2006-07 Conference Premier campaign, playing 37 games and securing a permanent transfer to the club in the summer of 2008.
40 further appearances for Stafford in the 2008-09 season and Ritchie had moved to Northwich Victoria, playing just 4 matches before being loaned out to Halifax Town, a move he made permanent later in the 2009/10 season. 40 games for Nantwich Town were enough to gain the interest of Football League team Port Vale, a move which resulted in 11 appearances for the Valiants before a departure for Mansfield Town in 2011.
His spell at Mansfield was by far his most successful to date, reaching the 2011-12 Conference Premier Play-off Semi-Final and winning promotion back into the Football League as 2012-13 Conference Champions. Ritchie made 39 appearances the following season and won the Club's 2014-15 Player of the Season award.
Tranmere managed to secure his services in the summer of 2015, signing Ritchie to a 2-year contract. He made 26 appearances in the first half of the 2015-16 season and scored his first ever career goal in a 1-4 away win at Gateshead in August 2015. He fell out of favour at Prenton Park and spent the second half of the season at Barrow, making 10 appearances at Holker Street.The departure of fellow defenders Liam Hogan and Martin Riley meant that Ritchie was retained by Gary Brabin in 2016 and he has since returned to regular first team football under Micky Mellon.
Sutton signed a new 2-year contract on 1st June 2017.
Interesting Fact: Ritchie is one of a number of former National League champions in the Tranmere squad, picking up a winner's medal with Mansfield Town in 2012-13.
Liverpool-born Stephen McNulty was fortunate, and more importantly, talented enough to play for Liverpool as a youngster. He remained at Liverpool throughout his formative years, going on to captain the Liverpool U19s before his eventual departure in 2003. A 2-year agreement with Burscough provided the platform for Stephen's talents and he moved up the footballing pyramid in 2005, signing for Conference North side Vauxhall Motors. This relationship would also close after just 2 years with McNulty choosing to sign for Barrow.
As Barrow captain, Stephen led the team to promotion via the Conference North Play-offs. This feat saw him named the Conference North Player of the Year 2007-08 and secured him a new two-year contract in the process. In June 2009, Stephen left Barrow for Conference North side Fleetwood Town who were then managed by current Tranmere boss Micky Mellon. He was a key component of Fleetwood's success that season, again winning promotion via the Conference North Play-offs as captain.
Stephen's success with Fleetwood would continue over the next few years, reaching the Conference Premier Play-offs in 2010-11 and winning the Conference Premier title in 2011-12. He went on to finish his time with the Cod Army just 7 appearances shy of a century.
He signed for Luton Town in January 2013 and helped the Hatters to a club-record 23 clean sheets as he went on to lift the Conference Premier Title again at Kenilworth Road. This was a particularly successful season on a personal level, with McNulty winning the Player of the Year, Internet Player of the Year and Goal of the Season awards in 2013-14. He added to this list of accolades the following season, winning a place in the PFA League Two Team of the Year 2014-15.
Initially signing for Tranmere on loan in September 2015, McNulty signed a one-and-a-half-year contract in January 2016. He has since gone on to make 75 appearances for the Club over that time, including captaining the side in the absence of Steven Jennings on multiple occasions.
His performances during the 2016-17 season saw Steve win the Junior Superwhites Player of the Season award. He was named in the National League Team of the Year for his contribution in the 2016-17 campaign and after signing a 1-year contract extension in the summer of 2017, he will be in Micky Mellon's squad for the 2017-18 campaign.
Interesting Fact: Stephen has been a National League champion twice in his career, lifting the title with Fleetwood Town in 2011-12 and Luton Town in 2013-14.
Born in Liverpool, versatile defender Jay played for Everton as a junior (with players such as Wayne Rooney) before transferring to Blackburn Rovers, with whom he made his professional debut against Walsall in the League Cup.
Over the course of a 5-year stay at Ewood Park, Jay played for Blackburn a total of 18 times in the Premier League. He also enjoyed loan spells at Burnley (2003-04), Gillingham (2005) and Ipswich Town (2005-06), clocking up a further 33 appearances and 2 goals on his travels.
In 2007, McEveley joined Derby County for a fee believed to be in the region of £600,000, making 94 league appearances and scoring 4 goals during a 3-year tenure. He ended his first season at Derby with a promotion to the Premier League, County beating West Bromwich Albion in the 2007 Championship Play-off Final. His first goal for Derby came in a 2-1 defeat to Liverpool.
In addition to his matches for Derby, Jay also made a further 15 league appearances across loan spells at Preston North End (2008) and Charlton Athletic (2008-09) before making a permanent switch to Barnsley in 2010 after a total of 101 appearances for the Rams.
In two seasons at Oakwell, Jay made 42 league appearances for the Tykes and also enjoyed a short-term loan deal at Swindon Town, where he helped the Club achieve promotion to League One as the 2011-12 League Two Champions.
He signed a permanent contract with the Robins in July 2012 and would make 70 appearances over two full seasons at the County Ground before making the switch to Sheffield United in 2014. With the Blades, Jay would play 88 matches over a 2-year association with the Bramall Lane club.
A move to Scotland in 2016 saw Jay join Ross County for the 2016-17 campaign. He played 28 matches in all competitions, scoring 3 goals from defence. In the summer of 2017, Jay decided to move back to his native Merseyside, bringing over 400 senior games-worth of experience to the Prenton Park backline.
Jay signed a 1-year deal on 27th July 2017.
Interesting Fact: Jay has the fairly unique distinction of having represented both England and Scotland at international level. He was selected for the England Under-20 and Under-21 sides in 2003 before earning call-ups to the Scotland 'B' team (2006) and the full Scotland side (2007-2008).
Ben's first steps in the football world were with Everton, learning his craft in the youth system of the Premier League club up until his release in 2013. From here, he joined local side Widnes and made an immediate impact in the team, ending his debut season as a senior player with 8 goals in 23 league games. On 27th September 2014, Ben signed a dual-registration agreement with Widnes and Skelmersdale United, representing both clubs before the end of the season. He ended that term with 16 appearances and 8 goals for Widnes and 13 matches for Skelmersdale, scoring once.
His impressive record landed him a move to League Two side Portsmouth in the summer of 2015 and he went on to make 12 appearances for Pompey during the 2015-16 season. He joined Tranmere on loan in September 2016 and, having impressed during his tenure at the club, was signed permanently in December 2016 on a two-and-a-half-year deal that will see him stay at Prenton Park until the summer of 2019.
He continued to be a key component of the Tranmere team until his season was brought to an end due to a knee injury sustained against Boreham Wood on 21st February 2017. Despite neither starting nor finishing the season in the Tranmere team, Ben's run of 7 goals in 20 appearances was enough to earn him individual awards for the 2016-17 campaign.
Ben won the Young Player of the Season and Official Supporters' Club Young Player of the Season awards for 2016-17, whilst his second goal in the away game at Woking won the Club's Goal of the Season award.
Tollitt will be looking to return from injury in 2017-18 in a similar vein of form and the fans will no doubt hope that is the case too.
Interesting Fact: Ben's first goal for Tranmere came in a 1-4 away win at Dover Athletic.
Commencing his footballing journey with Everton's youth, Jay was released by the Goodison Park outfit upon reaching senior age and he instead signed a professional contract with Accrington Stanley. Making his debut against Barnet on 12th August 2006, Jay was given a 2-year contract extension in the summer of 2007 but left Accrington with 1 year left on the deal in 2008, having played 73 games and scored 2 goals for Stanley.
A season at crisis-club Chester City saw Jay play more than 30 times but their relegation from the Football League and failure to complete the 2009-10 Conference Premier season meant the Club was liquidated and Jay had no club.
After a year away from the game, Harris made the most of an opportunity afforded to him by Wrexham manager Dean Saunders, securing a contract at the Welsh rivals of his former employers. His time at Wrexham was successful, helping the side finish Conference Premier Runners-Up in 2011-12 with 98 points, to a 13-game winning streak in the 2012-13 season and the FA Trophy 2012-13. He also made a second trip to the FA Trophy final the following season, finishing runners-up in 2013-14.
Jay was one of Gary Brabin's first signings for Tranmere, completing his tour of the Tranmere/Wrexham/Chester triumvirate by signing a 1-year deal at Prenton Park in the summer of 2015. His consistently high-level performances ensured he was offered a new 2-year contract in the summer of 2016, keeping him at the Club until the end of the 2017-18 season.
Jay made 31 appearances during a turbulent 2016-17 season. It took time for him to gain a place in the team after the managerial change from Gary Brabin to Micky Mellon, but when given his chance he grasped it in convincing fashion. A great strike in a 2-3 win over rivals Chester and a first career hat-trick in a 1-4 win against North Ferriby United saw Harris named National League Player of the Month for March 2017. He would continue to produce significant performances until his season was cruelly ended by virtue of an injury sustained against promotion rivals Forest Green Rovers on 11th April 2017.
He will no doubt be hoping to pick up where he left off when he returns from injury in the 2017-18 season.
Interesting Fact: Jay scored the only goal on his debut - a 1-0 win against Woking on the opening day of the 2015-16 season.
A youth scholar with Carlisle United, Andy was prolific from a very early age. In his two years at Brunton Park, Cook scored a combined 59 goals for the youth and reserve sides. Unsurprisingly his exploits were rewarded with a professional contract but he failed to make a single first team appearance, instead representing Workington and Barrow on loan, twice at each club respectively. His loans at Barrow were sufficient to earn a full transfer to Holker Street, signing a two-and-a-half-year deal in January 2010.
An uncharacteristic 1-goal season followed in 2010-11 before Andy was back on a familiar path in 2011-12, finishing as Barrow's top scorer with 17 goals in 39 appearances and capturing the attention of Grimsby Town, where he moved for an undisclosed fee in June 2012.
A 16-goal season, two successive Play-off Semi-Finals and a call-up to the England 'C' team in 2013 were not enough for an extension at Blundell Park and Cook returned to Barrow in the summer of 2014. It was to prove a fruitful reunion and Cook scored 24 goals in the 2015-16 term, finishing third in the National League scoring charts.
In the summer of 2016, Cook signed a 2-year contract with Tranmere and he made an immediate impact at the Club, scoring on his home debut against Barrow on 9th August 2016.
He ended his debut campaign as the Club's top scorer, with 23 goals in 44 appearances for the Prenton Park outfit. Such was his impact, he received the Player of the Season, Players' Player of the Season and Official Supporters' Club Player of the Season awards for 2016-17.
Interesting Fact: Andy has finished as his Club's top scorer for two consecutive seasons, scoring 24 goals for Barrow during 2015-16 and following that up with 23 goals for Tranmere during 2016-17.
James' football development started early and he represented no less than 4 clubs as a boy: Old Town Boys, Brighton and Hove Albion, Crystal Palace and Eastbourne Town. He won the English Schools FA Trophy and represented England Schools in 2009. James progressed from youth to senior level at Eastbourne Town in 2008 and, after a successful trial, completed a move to Football League side Exeter City in 2009. Loan moves to Sutton United, Forest Green Rovers and Eastbourne Borough between 2009 and 2011 supplemented just 4 appearances for the Exeter City first team, a major factor in a permanent transfer back to Forest Green Rovers in 2011.
Norwood's return was such a success that in 2013 he signed a new 2-year deal, won the Players' Player of the Year award from his Forest Green colleagues and was called up to the England 'C' squad in the summer of 2013. He ended the 2013-14 season as the Club's top scorer with 19 goals and on 7th February 2015 scored a goal against Grimsby Town that meant he took over as Forest Green Rovers' record scorer in the Conference National, the highest level the club had ever played at the time. James' goals helped Forest Green reach the Play-off Semi-finals for the first time in their history.
With his reputation bolstered by such successes, James became the very first player signed by Tranmere Rovers outside of the Football League by becoming the first recruit under manager Gary Brabin. The prefix to Rovers may have changed over the summer but Norwood kept the knack of scoring goals, ending the season as the Club's top scorer with 21 goals in all competitions. James won an incredible 3 awards at the end of his first season and new manager Micky Mellon rewarded his form with a new two-and-a-half-year contract in December 2016.
He ended the 2016-17 season with 15 goals in 43 appearances, including scoring in both legs of the National League Play-off Semi-final against Aldershot Town to help the Club reach Wembley.
Interesting Fact: James won the Player of the Season, Supporters' Club Player of the Season and Goal of the Season awards for the 2015-16 campaign.
A 4-year youth association with Stalybridge Celtic between 2005 and 2009 proved the impetus behind Connor's introduction to the first team squad in 2009. He made his senior debut on 3rd March 2009 and went on to score 3 goals by the end of that campaign. His second season ended with an 11-goal tally and he notched up 18 goals in the following 2010-11 season. In total, Connor scored an impressive 51 goals in 123 appearances for Stalybridge and made an appearance for the England 'C' side in November 2011 in recognition of his sterling performances.
A January 2012 move to Scunthorpe United yielded just 16 first team appearances and he was loaned out 3 times during his 2-year contract to Stockport County, Macclesfield Town and Grimsby Town respectively. Whilst his spells with Stockport and Grimsby saw Connor score just 5 goals in a combined 25 games, his spell at Macclesfield was much more memorable, scoring 14 goals in just 16 games.
Signing for Wrexham in 2014, Jennings was made captain by Gary Mills in the 2015-16 season. He embraced the pressure of the role and finished the season as the Club's top scorer with 13 goals.
In the summer of 2016, Connor followed his former Wrexham teammate Jay Harris to Tranmere, signing a 2-year deal with Rovers. His first season at Prenton Park was, at times, frustrating as injury and a short loan spell at Macclesfield Town hampered his ability to play regular first team football. In spite of these setbacks, Jennings still managed 26 appearances for Rovers, scoring 8 goals that included a hat-trick in the 9-0 win over Solihull Moors and Tranmere's only goal in the 3-1 defeat to Forest Green Rovers in the 2017 National League Play-off Final.
Connor has also captured the imagination of the fans, with a very catchy song being created in honour of his performances for the SWA.
Interesting Fact: Connor is the only Tranmere player to score at the current incarnation of Wembley Stadium.
Born in Southwark, London, James started in the youth system of Premier League Stoke City. He impressed enough to earn a move to Scottish giants Celtic's youth academy, but was back at Stoke by 2012. During his second spell with the Club, Alabi spent time on loan on a staggering 5 different occasions — Scunthorpe United, Mansfield Town, Forest Green Rovers, Scunthorpe United and Accrington Stanley.
James was released from Stoke in 2015 and he spent a short time on trial at Ipswich Town, where impressive performances earned him a 1-year deal with Mick McCarthy's Championship side. He made his debut against Doncaster Rovers in August 2015 but found playing time limited at Portman Road and was loaned to National League Grimsby Town until January 2016, at which point he was released from his Ipswich contract.
He joined National League side Chester a day after his Ipswich release and he went in to make 58 league appearances for the Cestrians between then and the end of the 2016-17 season. In his only full season at the club, James scored 17 goals to finish as the top scorer at Chester and his form earned him a move to Tranmere in July 2017. He was also awarded his first England 'C' caps in 2017, making 2 appearances for the non-League England side.
James signed a 2-year contract on 10th July 2017.
Interesting Fact: Although not a competitive match, James made the headlines on his unofficial debut for Tranmere. He scored 5 goals in an 11-0 friendly win against local side Cammell Laird 1907.
Born in Chester, George began his footballing journey with hometown club Chester City before eventually moving to Premier League Everton at the age of 14. He played for various younger-age teams whilst with the Goodison Park outfit, scoring the winning goal in the final of the Under-18's Premier League Cup at just 16 years of age.
Having caught the attention of Premier League rivals Stoke City, Waring signed for the Potters in 2013 and played for the Club's Under-21 side for most of the 2013-14 season. He made a strong start, bagging 4 goals in one game against West Bromwich Albion in September 2013.
George joined League One Barnsley on a 1-month loan in January 2015, scoring on his professional debut in a 2-0 victory against Yeovil Town on 10th January. His loan was extended until the end of the 2014-15 season as Waring made 19 appearances and scored 6 goals for the Tykes.
A second loan agreement with League Two Oxford United in February 2015 saw George make 15 appearances as United earned promotion to League One at the end of the 2015-16 campaign. During the following season, George would go on to make 18 appearances for Shrewsbury Town and 10 for Carlisle United, the latter reaching the 2016-17 League Two play-offs before losing to Exeter City.
Upon his release from Stoke City in the summer of 2017, George signed a 2-year contract with Tranmere Rovers. He arrives at Prenton Park with 62 senior appearances and 7 goals to his name, the vast majority coming at least one level above the National League. Waring will no doubt be hoping to return to the Football League with Rovers at the end of the 2017-18 season.
Interesting Fact: The move to Tranmere on 27th June 2017 represents the second time George has been signed by Micky Mellon in the space of 12 months. He was signed for Shrewsbury Town on a 6-month loan in August 2016 whilst Mellon was still the manager at Greenhaus Meadow.
Born in Bolton, Ollie's youth team career started with Chelsea before moving on to Leicester City's academy. After 2 years, Norburn was given a professional contract with the Foxes in 2011 before joining Bristol Rovers on loan in September of that year, a deal that was subsequently extended to a 3-month agreement. Making his senior debut on 14th October 2011 in a match against Rotherham United, Ollie would go on to make 5 appearances for the Gas before returning to Leicester in January 2012.
Ollie would re-join Bristol Rovers permanently in the summer of 2012, signing an initial 1-year deal at the Memorial Ground. He scored his first goal in a 3-1 win against Northampton Town on 6th October 2012, heading Bristol's third goal of the game. His performances in the 2012-13 season saw him offered a new contract which would keep him at the club until the end of the 2013-14 season.
However, a disappointing return of just 16 matches saw his contract mutually terminated in April 2014, Norburn leaving Bristol Rovers after 4 goals in 65 appearances for the Gas. He did not have long to wait to find a new club and he signed a 1-year deal with Plymouth Argyle in July 2014, making 14 appearances for the Pilgrims during the 2014-15 campaign before his release in summer 2015.
Part-way through the 2015-16 season, Ollie signed for Guiseley in the National League, making 20 appearances for the Nethermoor Park club before the end of that term. During his time with the Lions, he scored 3 goals including a controversial equaliser in a game against Braintree Town on 27th February 2016.
Norburn joined Macclesfield Town for the 2016-17 campaign, making 24 league appearances with 5 goals from midfield for the Silkmen, including matches against Tranmere in the National League and FA Trophy.
He signed a 2-year contract with Micky Mellon's side on 31st May 2017 and will no doubt be hoping to help Tranmere secure promotion in his debut season at Prenton Park.
Interesting Fact: Ollie scored the winning goal for Macclesfield in the second leg of the FA Trophy semi-final, a 0-1 win that knocked Rovers out of the competition just one match before the Wembley final.
Born in Liverpool, Jack joined the Liverpool academy and would develop through the various age groups. He captained the 2010 Under-16 side and progressed to the Under-18 team in the same year. His performances for these sides earned him international recognition and he made his debut for the England Under-17 squad in 2011, scoring 8 goals in just 6 matches. He was moved up to the Under-18 side in 2012, for whom he scored a hat-trick in his only appearance before moving up to the Under-19 side. For the Under-19's, he scored a remarkable 9 goals in just 2 games but he never featured for the Under-19 side again.
At club level, Jack was promoted to the Under-21 side in March 2013, scoring on his debut against Wolverhampton Wanderers' reserves. The following season, 2013-14, Jack would finish as the Under-21 top scorer with 10 goals in 18 matches. These statistics provided him an opportunity for the senior side, scoring just 3 minutes into his appearance in a friendly with Shamrock Rovers in May 2014.
Dunn would join League Two Cheltenham Town on loan in January 2015, scoring on his debut against Oxford United and going on to net 3 goals in 5 matches before returning to Liverpool through injury. He would receive a further loan to Burton Albion but he returned to Liverpool after making a solitary appearance against Morecambe.
At the start of the 2016-17 season, Jack joined League Two Morecambe on loan until January 2017. He scored 6 goals in 19 appearances, including a hat-trick against Championship side Rotherham United in an amazing 5-4 win in the EFL Cup. He returned to Liverpool before joining Tranmere on 31st January 2017, on loan for the remainder of the 2016-17 season.
Jack went on to make 7 appearances before the end of the season, returning from injury to play a role in the play-offs, including a substitute appearance at Wembley. Dunn signed a new 1-year permanent contract on 9th June 2017.
Interesting Fact: Jack is one of several members of the Tranmere squad to evolve a temporary tenure into a permanent contract with the Club.
Jake is a Tranmere youth product, progressing through the various age categories before being called upon to make his senior debut against Scunthorpe United during the 2011-12 League One season. He made a further half-dozen appearances at the start of the 2012-13 season, a run that saw Tranmere leading the League One table in January, and signed a new two-and-a-half-year contract at the same time.
Whilst the following season resulted in the disappointment of relegation for Tranmere, Jake made significant progress in his personal development, playing 35 senior games and scoring his first 2 senior goals against Coventry City, 1 away and 1 in the Prenton Park fixture. Jake's increased contribution was rewarded with a new 3-year contract in the summer of 2014.
Jake made 20 more appearances during the 2014-15 campaign which ultimately led to Rovers' relegation from the Football League but he was kept on by new manager Gary Brabin in the summer of 2015. A successful 3-month loan to Stockport County in the first half of the following season saw Jake score 4 goals in 11 games and he was recalled to Rovers later in the season.
Jake entered the final year of his 3-year agreement in the summer of 2016 and has since regained a regular first team place under both Gary Brabin and his successor, Micky Mellon. Jake broke the 100-appearance barrier for the Club during the 2016-17 season, playing 31 matches in all competitions and scoring 5 goals before an horrendous leg-break ended his season early.
Kirby signed a new 1-year deal on 22nd May 2017 that will allow him to return to the Tranmere team upon his recovery.
Interesting Fact: Having trailed 3-1 in the 90th minute, Jake scored the winning goal in an incredible 3-4 win away at Barrow in the 2015-16 season.
Born in Coventry, Josh started in the Aston Villa youth system, where he remained until he was released in 2013. He was quickly snapped-up by Shrewsbury Town on a 2-year scholarship.
In the second year of that scholarship, then Shrewsbury manager Micky Mellon gave Josh his Football League debut in a 2-0 victory over Luton Town on 30th August 2014. Ginnelly attracted interest in the summer of 2015 and signed for then Championship Burnley on a 3-year contract.
He was sent out on loan to gain further experience in January 2016, joining National League side Altrincham on an initial 1-month deal. His time at Altrincham was a success on an individual basis, playing 20 league matches and scoring 5 goals during his stay at Moss Lane.
Although his contribution was not enough to save Altrincham from relegation, he stood out enough for League One Walsall to take him on loan from newly-promoted (to the Premier League) Burnley until January 2017. He made 14 appearances for the Saddlers (including 9 in the league) before returning to his parent club in January 2017.
He was again in demand, this time joining National League side Lincoln City as they fought it out with Tranmere Rovers for the National League title. Josh played 17 games in all competitions as Lincoln became National League Champions, earning promotion back into the Football League.
The Imps were so impressed with his loan spell that they signed him on loan again for the 2017-18 League Two season, Ginnelly playing a further 19 games and scoring 3 goals for the Sincil Bank club.
On 12th January 2018, Josh signed for his former manager Micky Mellon at Tranmere Rovers, on loan from Burnley until the end of the 2017-18 season. Despite being just 20-years-old, Josh brings with him 74 senior appearances and 8 senior goals, including 27 Football League appearances and a National League title (2016-17).
Josh started his Tranmere career in a perfect manner, scoring on his debut in a 3-2 victory over Maidenhead United.
Interesting Fact: Josh's first Lincoln City goal has special importance. His 49th-minute equaliser away to Wycombe Wanderers on 5th August 2017 earned Lincoln their first point since returning to the Football League as 2016-17 National League Champions.
At Bolton Wanderers as a small boy, Andy began his career with Blackpool where he scored 49 goals in youth and reserve football. These accomplishments enabled him to make his senior Blackpool debut at just 17 before being loaned out to Hyde United. He scored twice in 7 games and helped Hyde win the 2004-05 Northern Premier League Premier Division title.
Upon his release by Blackpool, Andy signed for Accrington Stanley, making 45 appearances and scoring 10 goals as the Club went on to lift the 2005-06 Conference Premier Title, earning the Club a place in the Football League for the first time in over 50 years.
One season at Bury in 2007-08 followed before he returned for a small loan spell at Accrington towards the end of that year. He signed a 2-year deal at Forest Green Rovers in 2008 and finished his first season at the Club as the Conference Premier's leading scorer with 26 goals in 41 games, a record that saw him named the Club's Player of the Year.
A move to Wrexham in 2009 saw Andy score a further 22 goals in 65 games, ending his first year as the Club's joint leading scorer on 9 goals. He finished the 2010-11 season as the Club's outright leading scorer on 16 goals as he helped them to the Conference Premier Play-off Semi-finals.
An ill-fated return to Forest Green Rovers and a loan to Luton Town, for whom he never appeared, preceded a move to League Two side Shrewsbury Town in 2014. He made 30 appearances and scored 8 goals as Shrewsbury were promoted to League One. Despite his contribution, which included goals against Premier League sides Leicester City and Chelsea in the League Cup, he was not offered a new deal that summer. He signed for Tranmere instead, scoring 7 goals in the 2015-16 season before returning to Shrewsbury in January 2016.
Andy made his return to Prenton Park on 4th November 2016, following Micky Mellon in making the switch to Tranmere.
Interesting Fact: Andy's second spell at Tranmere also marks the fourth time he has played for Micky Mellon, having previously worked with him at Fleetwood Town (2011-13) and twice at Shrewsbury Town (2014-15 and 2016).
Coming through the Prenton Park youth system, Mitchell signed his first professional deal with Tranmere in the summer of 2014. He made his senior debut in a League Two match against Accrington Stanley in January 2015 before finding himself out on loan to Marine later that year.
Having returned to the Club, Mitchell was given a handful of games in late 2016, most notably coming on in the away fixture at Dagenham and Redbridge on 1st October 2016 and helping Tranmere secure a 0-0 draw at the then National League leaders, having played more than half the match with 10 men.
After interim manager Paul Carden was replaced by Micky Mellon, Mitchell was loaned out to Warrington Town under the guidance of the former interim Rovers boss.
He returned to Tranmere and signed a new 1-year contract on the 18th May 2017.
Interesting Fact: Mitchell had to wait over 19 months between his first and second senior appearances (Jan 2015 and September 2016).
A Welsh goalkeeper, Rhys spent time with Manchester United before transferring to Chelsea's youth system at the age of 15. At Chelsea, he signed professional terms at the age of 17 and played in the 2007-08 FA Youth Cup Final defeat to Manchester City.
Over the course of the next few seasons, Rhys would spend time away from Chelsea as he undertook various loan spells at Queens Park Rangers (2009-10), Crewe Alexandra (2010-11) and Rotherham United (2012). His loan periods yielded a combined 64 senior appearances, none of which came at Queens Park Rangers.
In 2012, Rhys was released from Chelsea after a 5-year term during which he didn't make a senior appearance. After spells with Southend United (2012-13) and Preston North End (2013) saw Taylor make no further senior appearances, he joined Macclesfield Town in early 2013, initially until the end of the 2012-13 campaign.
Such was his impact that he signed a new deal that summer and would stay with the Silkmen until 2015, making 109 league appearances (115 in total) for the Moss Rose side in the National League and various cup competitions.
His impressive form saw him transfer to League Two Newport County but after just one senior appearance in the Football League, Taylor was loaned out to Rovers' rivals Wrexham for the remainder of the 2015-16 season, where he made 29 appearances in total.
In the summer of 2016, Taylor transferred to AFC Fylde, helping former Rovers player Dave Challinor's men lift the 2016-17 National League North title, which saw them promoted to the National League for the following campaign. Rhys made 34 appearances during that title-winning season and played a further 10 times in the 2017-18 season.
He joined Tranmere Rovers on 6th January 2018, on loan from AFC Fylde until the end of the 2017-18 campaign. Rhys made his debut later that day, helping the side secure a 1-1 draw away to Barrow.
Interesting Fact: Although he has never made a senior appearance, Rhys was an unused substitute for the Welsh national team in a friendly against Georgia on 20th August 2008.
Elliot joined the Manchester United academy in 2007, developing through the ranks before moving to Portuguese side Riomaior for a season. He returned to England to play for Macclesfield Town before spending the last 3 seasons at Radcliffe Borough.
At Radcliffe, Rokka produced some impressive performances and the 2016-17 season was his most impressive to date. He ended the season as the Club's top scorer with 16 goals and was awarded the Evo-Stick League Young Player of the Season accolade in recognition of his form.
A player of great potential since an early age, Elliot spent some time on trial at Prenton Park over the course of the summer in 2017, impressing enough to be offered a contract with Tranmere for the 2017-18 promotion challenge.
Rokka signed a 1-year deal on 12th July 2017.
Interesting Fact: Elliot represented the England Under-17's youth side at the 2009 Repton Festival despite being just 13 years old!
Vastly-experienced Jeff Hughes began his career at Ballymena United's academy before switching to his hometown club Larne in 2002. He made his professional debut in the Irish League with Larne, making 47 senior appearances between 2003 and 2005.
Jeff made his first move into the English Football League with League Two Lincoln City in 2005, helping the Club make the League Two Play-offs in 2005, 2006 and 2007. Despite Lincoln's failure to secure promotion, Jeff's 63 appearances and 8 goals for the Imps earned him international recognition, representing Northern Ireland on 9 occasions in 2006 at Under-21 and senior level. This ensured there was sufficient interest in his services to facilitate a transfer much further up the Football League.
That move came when Jeff signed for Championship side Crystal Palace in 2007, playing 10 times for the Eagles before joining Peterborough United and Bristol Rovers on loan during the 2007-08 season. He signed permanent terms with the Gas in 2008 and stayed in Bristol for 3 years, representing the Club 128 times and scoring 28 goals in the process.
20 goals in 89 appearances for Notts County between 2011 and 2013 saw Jeff moving to Fleetwood Town in 2013, where he played 47 times before signing for Cambridge United in 2015. 18 games on loan at Tranmere in the 2015-16 season were enough for Jeff to be offered a permanent contract that summer, which he duly signed.
Jeff has been a permanent member of the Rovers squad since signing that deal in the summer of 2016, making 43 appearances and scoring 2 goals during the 2016-17 season.
Interesting Fact: Jeff has played international football for Northern Ireland, making his debut in 2006.
A graduate of the Tranmere youth system, Luke has quickly established himself as a bright prospect in the goalkeeping department. Making his debut on the final day of the 2016-17 season, Luke kept a clean sheet as a very young Tranmere side won 1-0. In the summer of 2017, Luke was selected to represent Wales at the Toulon Tournament — a competition for the best players under 20 years of age.
At the tournament, Wales' first participation, Luke kept 2 clean sheets (including against the host-nation, France) as the Welsh went through the group stage unbeaten. Whilst they missed out on the next round, Luke was recognised on an individual basis when he was named 'Best Goalkeeper' at the end of tournament awards. He was also selected as the goalkeeper for the 'Best XI' team of the tournament.
On 2nd July 2017, Luke signed a new 1-year contract at Prenton Park.
Interesting Fact: Luke's international debut came for Wales Under-17's in a 5-5 draw against Hungary in September 2013.
Joining Tranmere in 2010 as a young player, Evan spent 4 years in the youth ranks with Rovers before signing his first professional contract in the summer of 2014. In November that year he would make his senior debut in the League Two away match at Luton Town. Despite earning plaudits for his performance, he found it tough to break into an increasingly unstable first 11.
After relegation to the National League, Gary Brabin allowed Evan to leave on loan to Burscough and then Trafford, making a combined 14 appearances. He spent the remainder of the 2015-16 season on loan at Salford City, playing 23 times and scoring once in their promotion winning season. He returned to Rovers during the summer of 2016 and was loaned out to Bradford Park Avenue during the start of 2016-17.
Evan is quickly approaching 50 games in senior football and came back to Prenton Park with even more external experience under his belt from a loan spell at Warrington Town in 2016-17. He played his second senior match for Tranmere on the final day of the 2016-17 National League season in the away fixture at Maidstone United.
Evan signed a new 1-year contract with the Club on 20th May 2017.
After a further loan spell at Warrington Town in the early part of the 2017-18 season, Evan was recalled to Rovers on 16th November 2017.
Interesting Fact: Evan played 23 games as part of the Salford City squad who won promotion to the National League North in the 2015/16 season.
A Manchester native, Larnell completed his footballing education with one of the city's giants, Manchester United. A quick and tricky winger, Cole completed his youth training with the Red Devils in 2011, at which point he made the step up to the senior squad.
His debut for Manchester United came in a 2011 League Cup third-round tie with Leeds United, Larnell coming on as a 77th-minute substitute in a 3-0 victory. In September 2011, he was given his England Under-18 debut in a 0-0 draw with the Netherlands.
He would remain at Old Trafford until 2014, however he never made another senior appearance for United, although he was included in the England squad for the 2013 FIFA Under-20 World Cup, making his debut on 16th June 2013 as the Three Lions defeated Uruguay 3-0 in a pre-tournament friendly.
After moving to Fulham upon his Manchester United release, his debut for Fulham came in a match at Old Trafford against his former club. He was contracted to the Craven Cottage club for 3 years, the vast majority of which were spent on loan away from Fulham. A 2014 loan to Milton Keynes Dons yielded 3 league appearances during the 2013-14 season. A further loan to League One Shrewsbury Town during the 2015-16 campaign saw him make 34 appearances in all competitions, scoring 3 goals in the process.
A final loan in the 2016-17 season took Larnell to Scotland, representing SPL side Inverness Caledonian Thistle 21 times in the league, scoring once in the Scottish Premier League.
He was released from Fulham in the summer of 2017 and, after a short spell as a free agent, Cole signed for his former manager Micky Mellon at Tranmere Rovers on 28th October 2017, on a short-term contract until January 2018.
Interesting Fact: Larnell made an immediate impact at Prenton Park, coming off the bench to score on his debut in a 4-2 win against FC Halifax Town.
Coming through the youth ranks at Burton Albion, Devarn has been a highly-rated prospect for some time. In 2013, Blackburn Rovers secured his services, paying an undisclosed fee for a player who was still just a 16-year-old.
He signed professional terms at Ewood Park in 2014, spending two seasons with the former Premier League champions before his eventual release at the end of the 2015-16 season. A trial with Cardiff City in the summer of 2016 didn't lead to a contract and he instead joined Hedensford Town FC.
After just 1 goal in 4 appearances for the Pitmen, he joined Stourbridge FC in September 2017. His 6 outings for the Glassboys were enough to persuade Tranmere manager Micky Mellon to sign the winger, Rovers paying an undisclosed fee for his services.
He joined Tranmere on 28th October 2017 alongside his new teammate Larnell Cole.
Interesting Fact: Devarn made transfers to three different clubs in the first 3 months of the 2017-18 season, representing Hedensford Town and Stourbridge FC before joining Tranmere Rovers.
A left-back who has developed through the youth system at Tranmere, Eddie has quickly garnered a reputation as a promising young player. In October 2016, Eddie was named in the monthly League Football Education 'Best 11' side and was rewarded for his performances with a professional contract that runs until the end of the 2017-18 season. He signed the deal on 25th October 2016.
After making 27 appearances for the youth team (the most of any defender in the group), Eddie was one of 9 players to make their debut on the final day of the 2016-17 season away at Maidstone United.
Interesting Fact: Eddie's debut was cut short, leaving the field after just 36 minutes due to injury.
James' start in football came through the Everton youth setup for whom he signed at the age of 13. He made his way through the various age groups and impressed enough to earn a call-up to the Republic of Ireland Under-16 side in the process. A talented youngster, James made his Everton debut in an August 2009 Europa League game against Czech side Olomouc before suffering the first of several ill-timed injuries that kept him out of action for the rest of the 2009-10 season.
Wallace returned to action the following season, joining Bury on loan in November 2010. He only appeared once for the Shakers due to a series of weather related postponements eating into his one-month loan agreement at Gigg Lane. James sought first team football elsewhere, joining Stockport County's League Two relegation fight in February 2011 on an initial one-month loan. A scoring debut and impressive first month saw County extend this loan until the end of the season and, at just 19 years old, James was named captain for the remainder of the campaign and was given a new contract at Everton the following summer before representing England at the 2011 FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Colombia.
A loan spell at Shrewsbury Town in November 2011 was notable for a debut red card for James, issued after just 25 minutes of a match against Dagenham and Redbridge. A combination of the subsequent suspension and injury ensured James made just 2 further appearances for the Shropshire side and he returned to Everton shortly after. He was loaned out to Stevenage in January 2012 but the departure of manager Graham Westley for Deepdale and Preston North End saw his loan arrangement terminated without a senior appearance.
A change of manager at Prenton Park saw Rovers legend Ronnie Moore take over from Les Parry in the Tranmere dugout and Wallace signed for Tranmere on a 1-month loan. He made his debut away to Bournemouth and secured a loan extension in February 2012 that enabled him to score his first Tranmere goal against Rochdale in March that year. James signed a 2-year contract at Rovers in the summer of 2012, being named club captain and putting on a series of impressive displays as Tranmere sat proudly atop the League One table at the start of the 2012-13 season. A serious injury kept Wallace out for the majority of the season and, although making a comeback, further injuries saw him out of contract before fulfilling his earlier promise as Rovers were relegated from League One in 2013-14.
He joined Sheffield United in 2014, again struggling for playing time for various reasons before joining Shrewsbury Town on loan in January 2016. Again, injury restricted James to 8 appearances before heading back to Bramall Lane in the summer of 2016. After Shrewsbury boss Micky Mellon moved to Prenton Park, Wallace reunited with him at Tranmere, initially on loan on 28th November 2016 before signing a permanent 18-month contract in January 2017.
Interesting Fact: James has represented England at Under-19 and Under-20 level, yet his international debut came when he represented the Republic of Ireland Under-16 team.
After spending time with both Liverpool and Everton, Patrick joined Tranmere at the age of 12 and has been with the Club ever since. He has represented the Club at various youth levels, continuing his footballing education at Prenton Park. In the 2016-17 campaign, he took his place in the youth team goal on 34 occasions. He has yet to represent the first team, however he was named on the bench for the match at Maidstone United on the final day of the 2016-17 season.
Patrick signed his first professional deal with Tranmere on 30th May 2017.
Interesting Fact: Patrick has been involved with all 3 Merseyside clubs (Liverpool, Everton and Tranmere) at youth level.
Born in Cameroon, 6-feet-4-and-a-half-inches-tall defender Manny came through the academy system at Queens Park Rangers. Part of their youth setup until 2013, Monthe then joined the senior squad for the 2013-14 season.
To aid his development, Manny was sent out on loan to Conference Premier side Southport, where he played 7 games for the Sandgrounders between March and May 2014. Upon his return to Loftus Road he was deemed surplus to requirements and was released in the summer of 2014.
Over the course of the 2014-15 season, he had no fewer than 4 clubs, with short-term tenures with Whitehawk, Tonbridge Angels, Heybridge Swifts and Hayes & Yeading United preceding a transfer to Havant & Waterlooville for the 2015-16 campaign.
After 11 appearances for the Hawks, Manny was loaned back to Hayes & Yeading United for the remainder of the season, playing a further 17 matches for the Beaconsfield Road side. He also scored his first senior goal during his return to United.
Monthe subsequently signed for National League South side Bath City, playing 19 matches and scoring 4 goals at the start of the 2016-17 season. His impressive start saw him attract interest from several clubs, but it was Forest Green Rovers of the National League who eventually secured his services.
After 16 appearances for the Green Devils, Manny had helped take the Gloucestershire club into the Football League for the first time, winning the National League play-offs in May 2017.
In the first half of the 2017-18 campaign, Monthe played 20 times across various competitions (League Two, the FA Cup, the EFL Cup and the Football League Trophy), making his last appearance away to Swindon Town on 13th January 2018.
Tranmere manager Micky Mellon signed Manny as defensive cover on 22nd February 2018. He joins the Prenton Park outfit until the end of the 2017-18 season as he attempts to secure a second-consecutive promotion into the Football League.
Interesting Fact: Manny was at least partially responsible for Rovers' play-off heartbreak, playing for Forest Green Rovers in their 3-1 victory over Tranmere at Wembley in May 2017.