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"We've got a good enough squad" - Banks confident ahead of Checkatrade Trophy

3 September 2018

Ollie Banks is confident that Tranmere Rovers can be successful in this season’s Checkatrade Trophy.

Micky Mellon’s men kick-start their Group D Northern Section campaign with a tie against fellow League Two side Crewe Alexandra at Prenton Park on Tuesday night.

The home fixture against David Artell’s Railwaymen will mark Tranmere’s first game in the competition since its revamp.

Banks, who has already delivered a number of impressive performances this term, believes the prospect of a potential final at Wembley is a massive incentive for the Club to perform in the Checkatrade Trophy.

After Saturday's 1-1 draw at Northampton Town extended Rovers' unbeaten run to three League Two games, Banks feels that a positive cup run is more than possible. 

Banks said: “We’ve got a good enough squad, we’ve got a lot of good players so there’s no reason why we can’t go and do well in this competition.

“It’s a chance to play at Wembley and that doesn’t come around that often.”

Banks also has a personal reason to succeed in this season’s tournament – the last time he played at Wembley was with Chesterfield in March 2014 in their 3-1 Johnstone’s Paint Trophy final defeat to Peterborough United.

He was forced off that day through injury but he is now hungry to write a new Wembley chapter of his own in the famous Tranmere Rovers jersey.

“I got there (to Wembley) with Chesterfield in 2014 when it was the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy, so it is a competition where you can get to Wembley and play in a final.

“Last time I was there I broke my foot, so hopefully if we do get there it will be a different story.”

Rovers have been drawn in a group which also contains Shrewsbury Town and Manchester City’s U21 side.

And with the fixture against City’s youngsters scheduled for Tuesday 13 November, for 25-year-old Banks, the opportunity to play against some of the brightest young talents in English football is an exciting one.

He concluded: “There’s going to be some good players to play against and it would be nice if we could go and beat them as well.”


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