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Tranmere Snap Up Latics Academy Graduate Jolley

Tranmere Snap Up Latics Academy Graduate Jolley

Tranmere Rovers have secured the permanent signing of talented Wigan Athletic striker Charlie Jolley for an undisclosed fee.

The 20-year-old, who was named in LFE’s ‘The 11’ in February 2019, has agreed an 18-month contract, with the option of a further year.

Jolley was prolific in front of goal during Wigan Under-18s’ treble-winning season in 2018-19, and finished that campaign with a senior debut during a 1-0 victory over Millwall in the Sky Bet Championship.

In total, Jolley amassed six appearances for the Latics’ first team, scoring twice in a 6-1 win against Liverpool Under-21s in the Papa John’s Trophy in September.

He told Tranmere’s website: “It’s a new challenge for me. Now, I’m looking forward to getting going and hopefully I can score some goals.

“The club is on the up. You see our form in the league, and the type of football that we play, I think it would suit me perfectly. I spoke to a couple of people that I know here, and it just seemed right.

“I think the type of player that I am, I like high-energy football and you see the lads give their all, so I am definitely looking forward to getting my chance and hopefully making a mark.”

Manager Keith Hill added: “He is brilliant and young with energy. He wants to improve and wants to play first-team football. We’re going to give him the opportunity to develop him and integrate him as quickly as possible as we can.

“I think it is a great signing and acquisition by the club, and we are planning for the future as well.

“He’s a player that I’ve always had my eye on and I think he’s got great energy, good movement and enthusiasm and when I had the conversation with him, he really wants to improve, and it is a great opportunity for everyone involved. 

“He’ll contribute wherever we want him to play in that front line with effort, endeavour and the rest of the attributes he’s got. He is a key acquisition, not just for now, but for the future.”

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