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Nugent sets his targets at Rovers

1 February 2021

David Nugent admitted speaking and listening to manager Keith Hill's plans persuaded him to join Tranmere Rovers on loan from Preston North End. 

The forward is keen to add to his two promotions won with Leicester City and Middlesbrough as he returns to his native Merseyside with Rovers.

Nugent brings a wealth of experience to the Rovers ranks, having also represented the likes of Bury, Preston North End, Portsmouth, Burnley and Derby County over the course of a career spanning nearly two decades, while he also pulled on an England shirt, scoring on his Three Lions debut against Andorra.

Keith Hill’s men are on a run of four straight wins in Sky Bet League Two, and Nugent knows that the quality is there for Tranmere to be successful come the end of the season.

Nugent said: “I’ve had two promotions to the Premier League, and I’d love to get one from League Two into League One. We have the quality in the changing room to get promoted.

“Speaking to the manager, he was enthusiastic and wanted to get the deal done, and I like that, and it made me feel wanted, and that was one of the reasons why I came here.

“The manager knows that I’m an enthusiastic player and that I’ve still got a lot to give in the game, and I believe that myself and I’m ready to get working.

“I started my career in League Two with Bury so I know what the league is about, there is a good squad here so I’m looking forward to it.

“I’m looking forward to getting into training and on the grass, and hopefully helping the lads on the training pitch as well as on the pitch when I play.

“The lads are proving that they are playing at a good level. The competition for the title will go on until the end of the season and we have got a great chance of promotion.”

Nugent is looking forward to providing competition to top-scorer James Vaughan after increasing Hill’s attacking options.

The forward has already crossed paths with many of his new Rovers team-mates during his playing days so far.

He added: “I’ve come here, I know James Vaughan very well so hopefully we can play together, score goals together and get Tranmere promoted to League One.

“I’ve played against a few of the lads in my career. I’ve played against Vaughan a lot over the years, and Danny Lloyd as well who is here, I’ve played against Jay Spearing and with Calum MacDonald who was at Derby when he was a young lad.”

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