Micky Mellon says his Tranmere Rovers squad are in good shape as they return to pre-season training and believes the new facilities at Solar Campus can only help them improve.
The Club’s professional players arrived back at the training ground at 9am on Monday morning for their first session of the summer and were greeted by a new state-of-the-art gym suite.
The Manager said: “It’s good to have the players back and to return to training. They worked hard last season and deserved their break but now it is time to go again. They’ve shown a really positive attitude – I’ve been impressed by how many of them have been at the training ground over the summer doing extra work to maintain their fitness.
“Now the real work starts and we’ve had a massive help with the delivery of our new gym equipment. Training isn’t just on the football pitch, it’s in the gym and in the analysis work we do and the gym facilities we’ve got at Solar Campus now are world class.
“This can only help us improve and build on last season. We may have appeared to be quiet over the summer but let’s not forget we got 95 points in 2016/17 and that was despite having an unusually high number of injuries to key players. We’ve got a good squad and last season showed that.
“We’ve brought in Ollie Norburn who strengthens our midfield options and I was pleased to bring Jack Dunn in on a permanent basis after his loan last season. They’re two talented young players who will only get better. I was also pleased to keep Adam Buxton at the Club, he’s a strong addition to the squad who did well for us at the end of last season.
“We’ve got the same budget as last season and we’re still looking to strengthen further. Hopefully there will be one or two new faces in the coming weeks – players who will improve us and challenge those already here. We want real competition for places all over the pitch.
“We wanted to add to the squad and build on the already strong group we had. I felt at the end of the season, considering the injuries we had, that we only needed to add quality in certain areas but only if it improved us. We’ll keep trying to give a clear pathway to the youth team players and young pros but, as always, there’s a standard they have to achieve to get into our first team.
“We want hungry players with ambition with the mentality needed to improve. I’ll be continually looking to recruit and I’ll only bring players in who believe in what we do and improve us or have the desire or ability to improve.
“The season is still six weeks away but it’s nice to be back in training and getting on with the business of improving the Club.
“I’d like to thank the staff and volunteers for the unbelievable hard work they put in assembling the gym equipment and making sure Solar Campus looks as good as it does for the players to come back to.
“For the fans who helped, it really shows their love for the football club while the professionalism of the staff is very humbling. We’re a club moving forward because of that.”