David Perkins revealed Tranmere Rovers’ stature and the chance to reunite with Micky Mellon convinced him to sign for the Club.
The 36-year-old midfielder completed his move to Prenton Park from Rochdale earlier this month, where he agreed an 18-month deal with the Club.
Poised to make his TRFC debut away at Cheltenham Town on Saturday, Perkins explained that the “pull” of Rovers as a Club and the opportunity to play under manager Mellon, who he worked with at Barnsley, made up his mind.
Perkins also hopes that the experience that he will bring can be used positively, as Rovers, who are ninth in Sky Bet League Two, aim to kick-on and push up the division.
He said: “It’s a big pull, Tranmere, as soon as you mention that especially in the lower leagues, it’s a big Club, anyone I’ve spoke to about the Club speaks very highly of it so it’s right up there.
“His (Mellon’s) enthusiasm, organisation, knowledge about the game, his man management individually, gets people on side, gets the best out of players and I can’t speak highly enough of him.
"He wants me to organise the other lads, bring a bit of experience, a bit of know-how and to get us out of the league.”
With Tranmere on the cusp of the fourth-tier play-offs, Perkins believes that a promotion push in the second half of the season is a realistic goal for Rovers.
Heysham-born Perkins, a two-time Sky Bet League One title winner with Wigan Athletic in two of the past three seasons, feels that the squad depth that Mellon’s squad can bolster will serve the Club positively in the final few months of the campaign.
Perkins added: “I’ve only been around here a couple of days but there’s plenty of quality in-depth so I’m looking forward to the challenge.
“There is a lot to play for, I think we’ve got 21 games left so plenty of points to play for so we can drive our way up the league and get in the play-offs which would be great.
“League One and League Two to a degree I see it as one league and hopefully we will be back in League One sooner rather than later.”
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