ASH Taylor can use the forthcoming League One season with Tranmere as a platform to lift him into the higher levels of the game, manager Ronnie Moore believes.
The 21-year-old centre back from Eastham on the Wirral is about to start preparations for his fourth season as a professional, after progressing through the youth ranks at Prenton Park.
With more than 100 games under his belt, Taylor boasts a solid background of experience for a player of relatively young age and he signed a new two-year contract with Rovers in May.
Moore said: "I think this is going to be a big season for Ash Taylor. There is quality in the way he plays and I think he has the potential to make a very good living from the game.
"He has signed a new contract and that shows his loyalty to us. He is certainly one of those in our squad who can go on from here . If he improves the way I think he can improve, he could have a future in the Premier League."
Moore gave Taylor his first taste of senior football in the final game of the 2008/09 campaign and the youngster quickly established himself as a first-teamer during the following seasons.
Taylor has benefited from playing most of his games at centre back alongside the vastly experienced Ian Goodison, who, at the age of 39, is signed up for another season with Rovers.
Moore believes that several of the younger players in his squad can make their own mark in the first-team frame over the course of the 2012/13 campaign.
Midfielder Max Power, who is about to start his second season as a professional, made a positive impression on Moore when he started in the final game of last season, against Scunthorpe at Prenton Park.
Meanwhile the manager is keen to see more of first-year professionals Cole Stockton, Jake Kirby and Will Vaulks.
"I was impressed with Max in the final game of last season," Moore said. "He was sharp, got about the pitch and did the simple things well. Can Stockton, Kirby and Vaulks do the same when they get their chance in the first team?
"Tranmere have been renowned for bringing young players through since the days when Warwick Rimmer set up the youth development system in 1987.
“Shaun Garnett is in charge of the youth now, Warwick is still around and we continue to produce good young players.
"It is all about these young lads getting into the first team, playing games and getting themselves into the shop window."
Moore believes the cause of the ambitious youngsters in his squad will be helped by the Football League decision to reintroduce the seven substitutes rule, following a reduction to five last season.
"It does help the youngsters because it means I will have more opportunities to put kids on the bench next season," Moore said. "When it was down to five substitutes you had less freedom because the priority was to have all of the positions covered.
"With seven substitutes, I can have kids on the bench and if things are going well in the game I can have a look at one of them.
“If you get them on for 20 minutes or half an hour, the experience can be so valuable.
"Those young players are always going to be the future at this club."
Meanwhile Tranmere have re-submitted a joint planning application to Wirral Council to build homes on their Ingleborough Road training ground, while re-developing the Woodchruch Leisure Centre into a new traning complex with facilities to be shared by the local community.
Rovers withdrew the application towards the end of last season following complications over the Woodchurch project and objections from local historical groups, who argue that Ingleborogh Road, formerly the Bikenhead Institute playing fields, is a war memorial and should be left as open space.
Tranmere pre-season dates:
Monday, 23 July, kick off 7.00pm v Cammell Laird (away); Tuesday, 24 July, kick off 7.00pm v Heswall (away); Friday, 27 July, kick off 7.00pm v Vauxhall Motors (away); Saturday, 28 July, kick off 3.00pm v Marine (away); Wednesday, 1 August, kick off 7.30pm v Everton XI (home) -- Liverpool Senior Cup final; Saturday, 4 August, kick off 3.00pm v Fleetwood Town (away); Tuesday, 7 August, kick off 7.30pm v Bolton Wanderers (home); Saturday, 11 August, kick off 3.00pm v Port Vale (away)