Exciting winger Ben Tollitt joined Rovers initially on loan from Portsmouth in September 2016 having failed to yet break in to the first team picture at Fratton Park. His journey to being a professional football was a fascinating one, having been picked up for a trial by Portsmouth thanks to a chance encounter while working for his dads glazing company and playing part-time for Skelmersdale.
Tranmere fans instantly took a shine to the youngster, thanks to his quick and skilful wing play, eye for goal and impressive work ethic. He’s also noted as being a down to earth and an approachable bloke off the pitch, something that isn’t always easy to find in a footballer!
Tollitt’s move soon became permanent and as the season progressed, he became a key asset in Tranmere’s promotion challenge. Sadly, he would pick up a serious knee injury during a 2-1 win over Boreham Wood in February 2017, sidelining him for the remainder the 2016/17 season as well as the first few months of the following campaign.
Rovers felt the loss of Tollitt and injured team mates Jake Kirby, Jay Harris and James Wallace hugely during the title run-in, and were ultimately left woefully under strength for the play-offs.
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