MARLON Broomes hopes for the chance to make a first contribution to Tranmere’s League One campaign this weekend.
Manager John Barnes says the experienced defender is in the selection frame for Walsall’s visit to Prenton Park tomorrow, now that Irish youth international centre-back Gavin Gunning has completed a month’s loan from Blackburn.
Broomes has been working with Barnes’ squad for more than a month but he did not sign a season-long contract with Rovers until the end of August. His only first-team outing so far was in a Carling Cup tie against Grimsby during the first week of the season.
Broomes said: “Hopefully now I have signed the contract I can look forward to the rest of the season and help the lads pick up some points.
“I am settled now and I can look ahead. I was here for a month on a non-contract basis and in my head I knew that if the manager offered me something I was going to take it.”
The Tranmere management team of Barnes and Jason McAteer say they are confident Broomes’ experience and communication skills on and off the field can make him a valuable addition to their young squad.
Broomes has played more than 230 games for Blackburn, Swindon, QPR, Grimsby, Sheffield Wednesday, Preston, Stoke and Crewe. He joined Tranmere after being released by Blackpool in the summer.
“The vocal element is needed in any team,” Broomes said. “Having people who can talk and organise is a big help. There are lots of young heads here so I hope I can do my bit to bring the same forward.
“Coming here has been a breath of fresh air in terms of the training and the style the gaffer wants to play,” Broomes said. “That he wanted to get the ball down and pass it. That’s the type of player I am.”
Broomes added: “I was playing in this division last season and I would say it has gone up a notch, based on the standard I have seen so far.
“But I think we have got a strong enough squad to be competitive. The lads have a lot of ability. I am impressed by what I have seen in training and we just have to translate that onto the pitch now.”
Rovers will be without full-back Shaleum Logan against Walsall as the youngster serves a one-match suspension for his dismissal for two bookable offences in the 3-0 defeat at Carlisle last weekend. The versatile Gareth Edds is Logan’s likely replacement.
Striker Michael Ricketts will be hoping for a first League start with Tranmere against the club he served last season.