Tranmere turn to youth during the transfer window

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The transfer window has now closed and there has been a large turnover of players this summer at Prenton Park.

Many have left the club and many more have come in to replace them. Les Parry has done some wheeling and dealing and has assembled a youthful looking squad he hopes will be good enough to keep Tranmere in League One.

As with a lot of other Football League clubs, the full effects of the recession are being felt and the transfer budget at Tranmere was reduced. As such, Parry has turned to young and inexperienced players to replace more some of the more thoroughbred ones who have left the club.

Despite featuring heavily in Tranmere's great escape to survive in League One last season, experienced first-team players Bas Savage, Chris Shuker and Gareth Edds were all shown the exit door and released at the end of last season.

Those three players were joined by Charlie Barnett and Craig Curran who also left the club with a great deal of first-team experience behind them.

Apart from the arrival of striker Enoch Showunmi, the signings made by Tranmere during the transfer window have been youngsters who have been released by other clubs like defender Nick Wood (from Sheffield Wednesday) and midfielder Joss Labadie (from West Brom), or players with little experience of first-team or English football such as goalkeeper Gunnar Nielsen (on loan from Manchester City) and defender Maxime Blanchard who arrives from French football.

The trust shown in younger players has been demonstrated by Parry in the opening weeks of the season. The average age of the team which took to the field to face Accrington Stanley in the Johnstone's Paints Trophy last Tuesday was just 21.

Albeit, there are a number of injuries to some of the more experienced members of the Tranmere squad, but nine of the thirteen arrivals at Prenton Park are aged 21 or under.

With a smaller budget to work with, Parry has been on record as saying that he was keen to bring in young, hungry players who have a point to prove with the hope that they will improve at the club and have a resale value in the future.

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