Former Tranmere Rovers Academy graduate Will Vaulks has today received his first senior international call up, being selected by Ryan Giggs for Wales’ upcoming fixtures against Trinidad & Tobago and Slovakia.
Although born in the Wirral, 25-year-old Vaulks qualifies for Wales through his Welsh mother.
Impressive form in the heart of the Rotherham United midfield in the Championship this season has been enough for Welsh manager Ryan Giggs to include him in his 31-man squad for their upcoming international friendlies.
Vaulks came through the youth ranks at Prenton Park and signed professional terms with the club at the same time as fellow Academy graduates Cole Stockton and Jake Kirby.
Unlike the other two players, Vaulks was unable to make the break into the first team, had a loan spell with non-league Workington before leaving the club without making a first team appearance.
He moved north of the border and joined Falkirk, with whom he enjoyed just over three seasons before being snapped up by then Rotherham manager Alan Stubbs to join The Millers.
He was voted the club’s Player of the Year last season and has continued to impress in the Championship this season, adding leadership qualities to his game having been made captain.
It’s always nice to see players who have come through the youth ranks at Tranmere go on to do well like this, and we wish Will all the very best and hope he gets his first international cap in one of the upcoming matches and enjoys linking up with the likes of Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey.