Callum McManaman says he is loving being a Tranmere Rovers player, ahead of Saturday’s fixture away at Rochdale.
The 30-year-old joined Rovers earlier this summer after departing Australian side Melbourne Victory, and says it’s a great group of players to be in.
He said: “I’m loving it, and enjoying it so far. It’s a great set of lads, and a good group. It’s also a new group, so we’re just trying to get to know each other and gel.
“But overall, I’m really enjoying it.”
Born in Huyton, just on the other side of the River Mersey to Birkinhead, McManaman says returning to a team close to his home was an important factor in joining the club.
“It was important. It can be forgotten about when you go that far away, even though I did enjoy it. I knew I couldn’t stay there for too long, I wanted to come back and achieve something else.
“The gaffer told me he wanted me to help the club get promotion, and that’s what I want to do.”
McManaman isn’t the only local player in the Tranmere squad, and the 30-year-old says that it can help the team spirit.
“It really helps the team spirit. The fans like that, as well, when there’s a few local lads.
“I know we’ve got a good group, and we’re a good side. I’m looking forward to the rest of the season.”
The winger made an instant impact on his debut for the club, scoring the winner against Swindon.
“It was brilliant. My family was there, my mates were there too. It turned out to be the perfect start, and hopefully I can get a few more.”