MAX POWER says he is feeling more confident with every Tranmere game he plays in what is becoming a dream season for the Wirral youngster.
Power, 19, has risen to the challenge of filling the central midfield role left vacant by a long-term injury to James Wallace.
That’s no mean feat for the second-year professional, considering skipper Wallace was the driving force behind Tranmere’s surging start to the League One campaign.
Power has helped Rovers retain pole position in the division with some strong performances over the past two months. He said: “There’s a certain degree of pressure because James is an outstanding player and captain. His are big shoes to fill.
“But I have to make the most of the opportunities when they come my way. The sooner James is fit and back the better for the club and at the same time it’s good for me because I’m getting a run of games. I’m feeling more confident and comfortable with every game and my match fitness is improving with every game. I hope I’m giving the manager food for thought, which is what I set out to do at the start of the season.”
Power says Wallace has given him help and support over the last couple of months.
“James gives me advice,” Power said. “He’s a good captain. He will let you know when you are doing something wrong and encourage you when you are doing something right.”
Power is likely to retain his place in the side for tomorrow’s home game against Carlisle United at Prenton Park. Wallace is on course for a return to action in the second half of February after a long battle with a third degree tear to the medial ligament.
A lifelong Tranmere fan from Bebington, Power joined the club’s youth development set-up at the age of eight, much to the delight of his family. He explained: “My dad is a big Tranmere fan so he always took me to games. I went to Wembley in 2000 for the League Cup final against Leicester City.
“It was always my dream to play for Tranmere. It was about enjoying myself when I was young but when I got to 14, I realised I had a chance of making a living out of the game and became very serious about it. This is all I ever wanted to do.”
Power acknowledges that being part of the Tranmere team heading the League One table with 17 games of the campaign to play is beyond his wildest dreams at the start of the season..
He said: “The expectation levels have changed through the season. Now the lads are positive we can gain promotion.”