Ryan Watson says he is looking forward to the challenge of playing for Tranmere Rovers ahead of the 2021/22 season.
Watson joined the club earlier this summer, leaving fellow Sky Bet League Two side Northampton Town.
He said: “It’s been really good so far, and everyone has made me feel really welcome. I think the group’s looking really good. For me, it’s being back home and there’s a lot of positives. Hopefully we can take that into the new season.
“This is where I’m from, and I started at Everton as a kid and I was there for a long time. Since I’ve been a professional, I’ve been away from home. But Tranmere are the club I used to come and watch, and my dad and my family are Tranmere fans. It’s nice to be back home, and hopefully I can have a good season here.”
With the club being such a huge part of his life, with family and friends all supporters, the 28-year-old says it’s great to be at a club that means so much to him.
“Like I said, my family support Tranmere, and I have friends who support the club and will be watching the games. It comes with a lot of positives, but also some pressures as well. More people will want us to do well, and the expectation is higher.
“It’s something that I’ve got to deal with, but I’m looking forward to the challenge.”
The midfielder isn’t the only addition that Micky Mellon has made to his squad this summer, and Watson says it’s a good group to be a part of.
“There’s a lot of good people here. From my experience, everyone has made me feel welcome and all the other lads that are new would say the same thing. It’s a good group, and we’ve only known each other for around six weeks, but there’s a good squad spirit.
“Obviously the gaffer is back, training is good, and everyone has got on. It’s something that will hold us in good stead for the season.”
Speaking in detail about the manager’s training sessions, Watson says he’s been impressed with what he’s been a part of so far under Mellon.
“Training’s been great so far. It’s intense and we do get worked hard, but it’s good and it’s enjoyable. A lot of it is with the ball, which is what we all want. It’s all down to putting in the hard work ahead of Saturday.
“We need to be the most prepared as we can be. All the sessions have been good, and the detail is great for us as players. Hopefully we can repay him on Saturday.”