TRANMERE are going ahead with extending Ryan Brunt's loan from Stoke City into a second month.
The 18-year-old centre forward made a positive impression in five League One appearances for Rovers, the last three of which were starts, and notched his first League One goal in the 1-1 draw with leaders Charlton Athletic 11 days ago. Manager Les Parry says he is delighted Stoke are prepared to prolong the arrangement.
"Ryan has done really well for us," he said.
Parry says Brunt will now be able to benefit from working alongside the experienced Enoch Showunmi, who returned to first-team action as a substitute in last Saturday's 1-0 defeat at Oldham Athletic, following a two-month layoff with a leg injury.
"I think working alongside Enoch will help Ryan," Parry said. "He will glean what he can. He is an intelligent lad. He wants to learn and he wants to do better.
"You can see when he makes mistakes that he does not like making them. That's a good trait in a young man. If he does not like doing something, he will work on making sure it does not happen again."
Parry added: "I thought Ryan was a bit of a handful for Oldham on Saturday in the first half. He went out of the game in the second half and that is why I substituted him. A lot of our fans were not happy with that, but having looked at it, I think it was the right decision."
Andy Robinson also made a return to senior action as a substitute at Boundary Park after a lengthy layoff with a knee injury.
Showunmi and Robinson were back in action last night (Tuesday) playing for the reserves in a Liverpool Senior Cup tie against Prescott Cables (kick-off 7.45pm). The pair are looking to build up match fitness ahead of the visit to League One bottom club Chesterfield on Saturday.
Parry said: "Both Enoch and Andy looked a little bit rusty on Saturday, which was to be expected. That's why they are playing again in the reserves, to get more game time under their belts. Hopefully it will sharpen them up that little bit more.
"It gives the dressing room a lift to have two experienced players back. They have been a big miss for us.
"The dressing room is different when Andy Robinson is around because he is a bubbly character and very noisy. He is great to have around.
“I was a bit unsure about whether he was ready on Saturday to be on the bench. But the effect he has on everyone else in the dressing room tipped the balance in his favour."
Parry and his coaching staff will be trying to keep the mood positive in the camp this week, after the defeat at Oldham left Tranmere without a win in 10 games since the turn of the year and cut their cushion above the relegation places to two points.
Parry said: "The players were really down after the Oldham game and the staff were down. But that's happened now and we have to put it behind us.
"We will have a look at the reasons why the defeat happened and work on things but we have got to be positive. We can't let it drag us down because that's when you get into trouble.
"This week training will be bright and enjoyable, to lift them, and towards the end of the week we will concentrate on Chesterfield. It's another game where we have to look to get something from it."
Parry reported that James Wallace, the young midfielder on loan from Everton suffered a slight groin injury at Oldham. Meanwhile centre back Mark McChrystal is to see a specialist about a stomach injury.