Tranmere Rovers boss Les Parry has revealed that Rovers rejected at least one bid from a Premier League Club before Monday’s transfer window deadline.
18 year old Jennings has impressed this term with five goals in 23 appearances this season.
Speaking to BBC Merseyside, Parry said, “We’re quite happy to keep him and the Chairman has done that for Dale. To be quite honest he’s concerned that Dale continues his education at our level and still plays a lot of football.”
“He thinks that will make him a better player and a more valuable player in the future,” continued Parry.
“The way to get better at anything is to do it and if you play someone at a better standard than you at tennis every week you’ll improve, if you just play knock-ups all the time you won’t improve.”
“It sounds like we’re taking a chance but the chairman doesn’t care, he just wants the best for Dale.”
Meanwhile Parry is pleased to see that Jennings has been shortlisted for the Football Manager Apprentice of the Year award for League One.
Jennings will face competition from Southampton’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and George Baldock from MK Dons for the prize which will be announced at the Football League Awards in March.
“Dale thoroughly deserves this nomination,” added Parry
“He has had an excellent start to life in the first team and has coped well with the pressures involved. He’s a rounded, confident young man who has huge potential and is a pleasure to work with.”
Rovers Head of Youth Shaun Garnett endorsed Parry’s comments, adding:
“He’s shown remarkable maturity in his performances for the first team this season and as his youth coach I’m very proud of him. What supporters perhaps don’t realise, is that while Dale has been training and playing with the first team, he’s continued his college education with the rest of the Youth team where his work has been of a high standard.”