Youngsters sign professional contracts

Tranmere Rovers young prospects Terry Gornell (striker) and Aaron Cresswell (left-back) are both set to sign professional contracts with the club.

Both players are second year scholars at the club, meaning that they now require a contract to stay with the club, as the 2007/08 season has drawn to a close.

Striker Terry Gornell has been on the bench for the First team on a number of occasions this season, although he is yet to make his debut, after thoroughly impressing in the reserves and youth teams over the last eighteen months.

The 17-year old is possesses good aerial ability and pace and his hold up play has proved to be very good in the reserves this season. Unquestionably though his two greatest assets are his quite increadibly finishing ability, from both inside and outside the box, and his tremendous skill, mainly thanks to his quick feet.

On the other-hand, left-back Aaron Cresswell is, as one would expect, a much different player to Gornell. Not the tallest but with good strength and pace, Cresswell is most certainly not scared of putting in one of his strong "man and ball" tackles.

A dead-ball specialist, Cresswell, who captained the Tranmere reserve side for a large proportion of this season, has scored free-kicks and on a regular basis this season, whilst he has an excellent crossing ability from the left. He is able to play at left-midfield as well as left-back.

Both players then are set to join Craig Curran, Michael Johnston, Paul Henry and Danny Holmes in becoming the latest players to sign professional contracts with the club having risen through the youth ranks.

Surprisingly though, one player released is midfielder Tom Beahon, who has impressed greatly this season from both left and centre midfield. The player has progressed remarkably with his reserve team appearances this year but clearly not done enough to be offered a professional deal, whilst goalkeeper Shane McWeeney has also not been kept on, as the club believe they can't afford to keep thre goalkeepers on professional contracts.