Profiles of the current Tranmere Rovers squad

Scott Davies

Debut vs. WOKING (08/08/15)

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.

Adam Buxton

Debut vs. BROMLEY (11/02/17)

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.

Liam Ridehalgh

Debut vs. PORT VALE (28/09/13)

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 Sutton

Debut vs. WOKING (08/08/15)

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.

Stephen McNulty

Debut vs. DOVER ATHLETIC (31/10/15)

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.

Ben Tollitt

Debut vs. WOKING (24/09/16)

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.

Jay Harris

Debut vs. WOKING (08/08/15)

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.

James Norwood

Debut vs. WOKING (08/08/15)

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.

Connor Jennings

Debut vs. BROMLEY (06/08/16)

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.

James Alabi

Debut vs. TORQUAY UNITED (05/08/17)

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.

George Waring

Debut vs. Barrow (09/09/17)

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.

Ollie Norburn

Debut vs. TORQUAY UNITED (05/08/17)

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.

Luke Pilling

Debut vs. MAIDSTONE UNITED (29/04/17)

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.

Evan Gumbs

Debut vs. LUTON TOWN (15/11/14)

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.

Larnell Cole

Debut vs. FC HALIFAX TOWN (28/10/17)

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.

Devarn Green

Debut vs. GATESHEAD (18/11/17)

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.

Eddie Clarke

Debut vs. MAIDSTONE UNITED (29/04/17)

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 Wallace

Debut vs. BOURNEMOUTH (21/01/12)

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.

Patrick Wharton

Yet To Debut

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.