Former player news | McDonagh, Sousa, Hill, Akpa Akpro


It’s a hectic time right now as Tranmere chase promotion, but it’s also a busy time for a host of ex-Tranmere players.

Clint Hill

Veteran defender Clint Hill has just had a fantastic season at League Two Carlisle, his performances putting him in the running to win Player of the Year at Brunton Park, however he won’t be there next season.

Hill, pictured above, will be joining newly-appointed Fleetwood Town manager Joey Barton as his assistant manager in the summer. We understand at least one other ex-Rovers man could be heading there too.

Erico Sousa in action for Tranmere against Aldershot last season (photo: Richard Ault/

Erico Sousa and Janoi Donacien

Remember Erico Sousa? It’s possible you don’t, but he was part of the squad this time twelve months ago. Having failed to get registration issues sorted at Accrington Stanley, Sousa joined Rovers for the final weeks of the season, making four appearanes for Micky Mellon’s team.

Well, along with ex-loanee Janoi Donacien, Sousa has just won the League Two title with Accrington, albeit making only a handful of appearances. Donacien, meanwhile, featured 44 times in the successful league campaign for Stanley.

Gerry McDonagh during the Vanarama National League match between Tranmere Rovers and Halifax Town at Prenton Park, Birkenhead, England. (Photo by Richard Ault/

Gerry McDonagh

Striker McDonagh spent time on loan at Tranmere earlier this season before returning to Nottingham Forest. He failed to score in 10 appearances for Rovers. McDonagh has this week been released by Nottingham Forest having made only one sub appearance for the first team in his time at the City Ground.

It wouldn’t be surprising to see McDonagh back in the National League somewhere next season, though hopefully Tranmere won’t be around to see it.

Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro

Akpa Akpro was a popular figure during his time at Prenton Park, though he left to join Shrewsbury shortly after our relegation from League One. Now the Frenchman could suffer relegation once again, this time out of League Two and in to the National League with Barnet. They must win on the final day of the season to have any chance of maintaining league status.

Ash Taylor

Sticking with the theme of relegation, and Ash Taylor is set to experience the League One trapdoor once again. Having been a part of the Tranmere side relegated in 2014, Taylor’s Northampton need a minor miracle to stay up on the final day of the season. They need to win, hope Oldham lose and somehow manage a 17 goal swing. That’s another relegation then, Ash.

Jamie McGuire

Former Tranmer youth team man Jamie McGuire is currently at Barnet along with Akpa Akpro, and the 34-year-old midfielder announced this week he would be leaving the club in search of a new challenge in the summer. Already some speculation links him with a return to former club Fleetwood as part of the new coaching setup.

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