Vanarama National League club Tranmere Rovers have completed the signing of former Blackburn Rovers and Derby County defender Jay McEveley.

The thirty two year old has three Scotland caps to his name and joins Rovers after a season with Ross County.

Last season he made twenty eight appearances for the Staggies as they finished seventh in the SPL.

McEveley started his professional career with Blackburn Rovers, making eighteen appearances during his five-year stay with the Ewood Park club.

In January 2007 he completed a move to Derby County for a fee of around £600,000 and as the Rams earned promotion back to the Premier League with a play-off final win against West Bromwich Albion.

Ahead of the 2010/11 season McEveley joined Barnsley on a one-year deal, with an option of a second year.

That option was taken up after the defender made eighteen appearances for the Tykes.

During his second season at Oakwell he was sent on loan to Swindon Town and joined the club on a permanent deal at the end of the 2011/12 season.

After making over sixty appearances for Swindon he joined Sheffield United and spent two years at Bramall Lane before crossing the border to complete a move to Ross County.

Now he moves back to England as Rovers boss Micky Mellon looks to assemble a squad to take the club back into the Football League at the third time of asking.

Speaking to the club’s website Mellon revealed the reasons behind signing the defender.

He said “Jay is someone who we have tracked for a number of weeks and I’m really pleased to add him to the group.

“He’s a left footed player which will help give us balance and prevent us from being exposed down that side.

“Jay has plenty of experience, having played international football and in the Premier League, so will add great quality to the players we already have in the squad.

“He will also enable us to be tactically flexible as he can play as the left-sided centre-back in a back three or back four as well as at left back, so it gives us great options to be able to play different systems if we feel we need to.”

Article: Mark Carruthers (@marknldaily)
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