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Banks confident in Jackson’s Tranmere vision

18 September 2020

Ollie Banks believes Tranmere Rovers are moving in the right direction under the guidance of manager Mike Jackson, with an emphasis being placed on adopting a promotion-winning mentality. 

The Whites have added to the squad in a number of positions this summer, the most recent arrivals being Kaiyne Woolery and Liam Feeney. 

It’s a squad that Banks has high hopes for in the 2020/21 season as the Rovers midfielder praised the effective mix of youth and experience currently at the Club.  

He said: "You can see what the gaffer is trying to build: there is a lot of experience and a lot of promotions in our squad. You can see in training each day, we’re working to get better in different areas of the pitch and everyone is singing from the same hymn sheet. We all want to get better and listen to the gaffer and Ian Dawes’ input.  

“Since I’ve been here, the first thing I noticed when I came into the building was the intensity and the professionalism,” continued Banks. “There are great facilities to back that up and that’s what we try to do day in, day out. The gaffer has not changed from when he was the assistant manager, he’s still on about the intensity, he’s hands-on and we can only get better from that.  

“We look around in the dressing room and I’m very happy with what I see. We’ve got some great talent, experience and a good mix of young lads. There is a quiet confidence about us, but we keep that to ourselves. Hopefully the performances can come together and show what we think.” 

Reviewing Rovers’ start to the Sky Bet League Two season and Saturday’s visit of Cheltenham Town, Banks added: 

“It’s been a decent start. Mansfield has always been a tough place to go. We’re not all jumping through hoops that we got a point at Mansfield but it’s a point and a clean sheet. All in all, it’s not a bad start at all. 

“I know a few lads that play there [at Cheltenham] and they’ve got some very good players. I remember the first-half in League Two when we went down there to play them last time- they played some very good stuff. Their centre-halves bomb on and join in with play and they’re good at what they do. We’ve been working on things all week to counteract that.” 

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