Tranmere have beaten off a host of Football League sides to complete the signing of defender Sid Nelson.
The centre-back has signed a two-year deal following his release by Millwall earlier in the summer. He had of course spent several months on loan at Prenton Park where he became a key part of the League Two play-off winning side.
Despite having to patiently wait for his opportunity to come, Nelson came in to the side in April with Mark Ellis picking up a serious knee injury. The 23-year-old formed an excellent partnership alongside Manny Monthe and it was on that backbone that Rovers powered through the play-offs and back to League One.
It’s a bit of a coup for Tranmere with Nelson interesting several clubs. Swindon Town reluctantly admitted they’d missed out on the player earlier this week after saying he had risen out of their price range due to his performances at Prenton Park.
Manager Micky Mellon was understandably delighted to get his man. He told the official club website: “We know Sid very well from last season and he’s right up there in terms of wanting to improve and giving 100% every time he plays.
“It was important that we recruited in that position and that the players we do recruit are hungry to do well. We believe that with Manny (Monthe), Sid (Nelson) and George (Ray) fit into that bracket.
“Having that mix of experience and young, hungry players is important to us.”
Nelson himself said: “This was the only place I wanted to come and play my football, as soon as I came off the pitch at Wembley I knew where I wanted to play my football.
“There’s a great connection between the fans and the players and that’s one thing you enjoy as a footballer.
“I’m looking forward to playing in League One, being competitive and going again.”