Tranmere Rovers have signed Youth Team goalkeeper Joe Collister on a two-year professional contract.
Joe, from Hoylake, Wirral, has been with the Club since the age of 15 and is in his second year as an Apprentice.
The 17-year old played the full 90 minutes of Tranmere’s home pre-season friendly against Preston North End on Saturday, making a number of fine saves including a late penalty save.
Despite the 2-1 defeat against North End, Tranmere Rovers boss John Barnes was more than happy with his side’s overall performance, particularly the contribution of Collister.
“I know how good Joe is and he had a fantastic game but he’s 17 years old, to say that we’re looking for him to play the whole season – it may be a little bit soon for him. But at least we know that we’ve got good back-up. And if worst comes to worst – I’ll be quite happy for him to be in there.”
Youth Team Coach Shaun Garnett added:
“Joe showed he is a good goalkeeper against Preston at the weekend. If he works hard and has the right attitude he could have a bright future in the game.”
“It’s fantastic to see another player come through the Centre of Excellence and Youth Team to sign a professional contract.”