In Brief: Latest news & speculation


Transfer speculation, injury news and a search for a new physio dominates the world of Tranmere right now, and here are the latest updates.

While we have no direct link with the club, the team here at Rovers Rearguard do have some connections across football here in the North West, and keep an ear to the ground for any snippets we hear involving Tranmere.

Recruitment of first team physio

Tranmere’s search for a new physio continues, with an appointment now possibly close (2-3 weeks). However, we understand Tranmere were aware of the need to recruit a new physio some time ago but were not overly impressed with the small number of initial applications for the role.

The club were keen for the new man to have experience of working with senior players, something that likely pushes the cost of recruiting up.

We understand that neither Les Parry nor Chris Malkin applied for the role.

Moving players out

Rovers are thought to be keen to offload surplus players in the coming weeks in an attempt to free up some wage for new faces. Experienced striker Andy Mangan is one who is thought to be keen on leaving in search of first team football, though Fylde are unlikely to follow-up his recent loan move with anything more permanent.

The rumoured move to Oldham remains highly unlikely, in fact from what we’re told, we will stick our necks out and say this one will not happen. As an experienced pro, it’s likely that Mangan’s wage is not insignificant, and it may even require Rovers to continue paying a portion of that until the end of the season if he does find a new club.

As we reported at the time, it has now been confirmed that James Alabi is staying at Dover until the end of the season.

Dylan Mottley-Henry

Micky Mellon is keen to bring winger Dylan Mottley-Henry back to Prenton Park before the end of January. He left the club during the Christmas period due to a minor injury which he is still recovering from (tendonitis).

However, another key reason behind his return was said to be the imminent takeover of the Yorkshire club. This takeover is now complete and players are once again moving in and out of Oakwell. Ex-Tranmere loanee Josh Kay was sold to League Two Chesterfield last week, while young goalkeeper Jack Walton has been loaned to Stalybridge.

Therefore, we expect Mottley-Henry could well be back at Prenton Park within the next three weeks as he is not thought to be considered ready for first team action at Barnsley. At least one League Two side have shown some interest in the player, though no firm enquiries have gone in – this may be due to his current injury.

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