Training has started at the Campus!
Following a few weeks rest after a frustrating and exhausting 2020-21 campaign, the pitches at Solar Campus have finally been put to good use as new, ‘old’ and emerging Tranmere talents lace their boots for their first training session as they were overlooked by a man who holds the trust and love of many a Tranmere fan.
It wasn’t just Solar Campus that held activity as there came some more news over the club’s respective social media channels, Rovers would capture the services of striker Emmanuel Dieseruvwe from Salford City on a one-year-contract and, to the delightment of many, four academy youngsters, who are what I described as emerging talents, put pen to paper as they extended their contracts on Merseyside. Those young but raring stars are: Ben Jones, Kyle Hayde, Jake Burton and Ryan Stratullis who is by no doubt making Mark Palios smile with a surname like that.
As there always are, there have been some worrying words said about new recruit Mani. Wikipedia is some people’s best form of gathering what a player is like when they sign at lower league level, I used to fall into this trap but have since become accustomed to hearing what those who know the man best have to say instead of looking at shady stats and it’s fair to say that there is an element of excitement after some glowing reports. Unlike what we did when club servant Liam Ridehalgh made the move back to Yorkshire as he donned a Bradford City shirt following eight years of service, the Moor Lane outfit put a YouTube goals compilation of what he had offered in a Red’s shirt as the 26-year-old provided a source of goals for their rise to the Football League where they would eventually go on to win the Papa John’s Trophy.
Dieseruvwe is tall, he appears to have a strong physique and I believe that, if used correctly, he will be a success. Thus, that’s another name I can add on to the men who I’m happy that the Palios’ have been able to bring to Merseyside this summer. We need talent and Mellon needs players that he understands will give their all as he undergoes a rebuild of what was a failing, not blazing, squad. There is a mighty task on the Scotsman’s hands.
The above has been addressed by recruiting the services of promising and experienced qualities, a list which is yet to be completed. Ahead of the upcoming Football League season, a back line has been sorted out and there is no more space at the inn for a keeper. The back line: Cogley, KnightPercival, Clarke and MacDonald. I can’t wait to see the strengths of a Nathaniel KnightPercival and Peter Clarke combination, the two alongside them will provide pace on either flanks.
Like I say and like I will keep saying, there is still so much to do before a ball can be kicked and a chant can be heard from the Kop, or any other stand in the next couple of weeks as the 7th of August draws closer. The first friendly of the summer has been announced today and it will be Steven Gerrard’s SPL table toppers on the 10th July at Prenton Park. However, just a few photos of our coaching staff for next season undertaking their roles at the pristine training ground on a refreshing summer’s day topped off with a signing was enough for me to say that I’m excited regardless for what the next year will hold.
Up the whites x