Tranmere Rovers youngster Eddie Clarke always knew he would get the chance to play under Micky Mellon this season – and prove to people exactly what he was all about.

The left-sided defender made his debut at Aldershot in October and now has nine appearances under his belt – including a trio of back to back wins against Sutton, Fylde and Guiseley over Christmas. He believes manager Mellon was a big part of his learning curve at Prenton Park.

“Micky Mellon sat me down and spoke to me about what was going to be expected of me and that’s there was a lot of things to learn pre-season, but I definitely thought that this was the season,” he said.

Tranmere Rovers have history of players coming through the ranks, formerly at Raby Vale and now at the new Solar Campus. Clarke spoke of how much the club have helped his progression from a youngster into a first team player.

He also spoke how much he wants to follow the footsteps of players such as Aaron Cresswell, who now plays in the Premier League with West Ham United. In recent weeks and now especially as the January transfer window has opened, it is no secret that other clubs, amongst them Wigan Athletic, have Eddie Clarke on their radar.

The defender welcomes that for the good of his confidence.

“The interest from elsewhere helps my confidence to play better than I have ever done,” he added. “I have learned a lot by playing in the first team and the lads have stuck by me.”

Clarke just wants to progress as a footballer and believes that it is possible to do that at Tranmere.

“I am just at the stage where I want to play football and progress as a footballer. If an offer came in that was big enough then Tranmere would obviously not decline it but at the moment, I just want to learn and I am learning perfectly at Tranmere right now.”

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