Defender Liam Ridehalgh has put pen-to-paper on a new contract with Tranmere Rovers which runs until the end of the 2018/19 season.  

The 26-year-old left-back originally joined the club back in September 2013 on loan from Huddersfield Town, where he had come through the youth ranks.

A successful loan period at Prenton Park was converted into a permanent move later that season and he now has more than 150 appearances for Rovers under his belt.

During the 2016/17 season, Ridehalgh (pictured) supplied crosses from the left which resulted in 14 goals while he got himself on the scoresheet once with an excellent direct free-kick in the 9-0 victory over Solihull Moors and was narrowly pipped to the players’ player of the season award by Andy Cook.

Tranmere manager Micky Mellon said: “Liam played a big part in helping the team to a Club record points tally last season, so I’m really pleased to keep him at the football club.

“We all know the quality he possesses with his left foot and he gives us good balance down that side of the pitch being a naturally left-sided player.

“He adapted well when we switched to three at the back, so we know that he is adaptable to different formations we may wish to play going forward, so I’m pleased that he is staying at the club.”

Meanwhile, Jake Kirby has signed a new one-year contract to remain with Rovers.

The 23-year-old has come through the youth ranks at Prenton Park and made his first-team debut on the final day of the 2011/12 season at home to Scunthorpe United.

He has played more than 100 times for Rovers to date, including 31 appearances during the 2016-17 season in which he scored five goals.

His season was curtailed at the end of February when he suffered a broken leg in the FA Trophy quarter final victory over Barrow, but he is working hard with the medical team at the club to return to full fitness and play his part in the 2017/18 campaign.

Mellon added: “I’m pleased to be able to keep Jake in the group for next season.

“He’s a great lad who has a very good attitude and works incredibly hard, both in training and matches.

“At only 23 years of age, he is still developing as a footballer and is someone we think highly of and want to work with”.

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