Former Tranmere Rovers loanee Josh Ginnelly feels optimistic that his former Club can go on to achieve promotion from the Sky Bet League Two Play-Offs.
Micky Mellon’s side are aiming to be promoted for a second successive campaign following on from last May’s 2-1 Vanarama National League triumph over Boreham Wood under the Wembley arch which saw them return to the EFL after three-years away.
Having confirmed a top seven finish in their first term back in the fourth-tier of English football, a third consecutive season where they will be involved in the Play-Offs, Tranmere will be hoping to cap off a great year by gaining promotion up to Sky Bet League One.
Midfielder Ginnelly, now of Championship outfit Preston North End, spent the second-half of 2017/18 at Prenton Park, where he made 10 appearances in a Rovers shirt – and he is now hoping Mellon’s lads can repeat their success and earn another promotion.
Ginnelly said: “They are a great bunch of lads and they have worked so hard so it’s nice to see them getting the rewards there.
“You can see that everyone has bought in to what the gaffer is trying to do there and obviously they have secured the Play-Offs so hopefully they’ll go up.”
The 22-year-old played a key role in the Vanarama National League semi-final win over Ebbsfleet United at Prenton Park in May last year, where he scored the equaliser to draw Tranmere level at 2-2, a fixture which Rovers went on to claim a 4-2 victory after extra-time to book their trip to Wembley.
While it is now a year since he last represented Tranmere, the support of the SWA has made a lasting impact on Ginnelly, who believes that a Rovers Play-Off promotion will be a boost not just to the Club and its fans, but the wider Wirral community as a whole.
He added: “What I’ve heard and what I have seen so far this season, the fans there have been fantastic and have been the 12th man.
“I connected with the fans quite well when I was there, and I know how much it means to them and how much it means to everyone around that area so hopefully they can get there.”
Ginnelly will be watching Rovers’ progress as they tackle the Play-Offs and he is confident that Tranmere are more than capable of going all the way to secure promotion.
He concluded: “They are great lads and I wish them all the best in the Play-Offs now.
“I’ll watch every game that I can of Tranmere but these games coming up, I have more than enough faith in the boys to get the job done.”
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