Tranmere have completed the signing of striker Cole Stockton on a free transfer following his departure from Carlisle United this morning.
As we reported earlier in the week, speculation had been rife about Cole returning to the club where he started his career. He left Prenton Park twelve months ago to join Hearts in the SPL prior to switching to Carlisle.
Stockton has signed a one-year deal at Prenton Park, and boss Micky Mellon is delighted to have him back at the club.
Speaking to tranmererovers.co.uk, Mellon said:
“We’re delighted to bring Cole back to the club.”
“We were disappointed to lose him last year so when we had the chance to bring him back, we felt it was what we wanted to do”
“The fans know all about him, he’s a powerful striker and he showed us that last time he was here”
Stockton will be available for the season opener at Stevenage on Saturday and has a full pre-season behind him.
He made his first debut for Tranmere aged just 17 and has made 97 appearances for Rovers already during his career. After spending several loan spells away from the club, he had his best spell in the first team at the end of the 2016/17 season. Alongside James Norwood, he helped spread head Tranmere’s pursuit of the National League title, eventually ending the season with defeat at Wembley in the play-off final.
He scored three goals over the two legs of the semi-final win over Aldershot and also managed a first-half hat-trick in the 9-0 thumping of Solihull. The potential to link him up with Norwood and Connor Jennings again, in a system which arguably delivered the best football we’ve seen for several years, is an exciting one.
Welcome back to Rovers, Cole.