EXCLUSIVE – Tranmere Rovers midfielder Jake Kirby: “The fans are there week-in week-out, it’s massive”

By George Williamson

Tranmere Rovers midfielder Jake Kirby admitted the support from the fans is “massive” as the club battles for promotion in the National League.

He praised the support of the Super White Army, particularly at Prenton Park, as the side sit 6th in the National League.

He said: “They’re the ones that come to support us, they’re the ones who are there week in, week out with us, so obviously it’s massive.”

Rovers currently occupy one of six play-off positions in the table with just eleven games to go, and a win on Tuesday at home to league leaders Macclesfield Town would have taken them within a point of their hosts.

Town ended up beating Rovers 4-1, and in the process ended their nine-game winning run at Prenton Park, but Kirby still feels the excellent home support from the Super White Army gives the players a boost on the pitch, regardless of results like Tuesday’s.

He said: “I think you can see that this season.

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Jake Kirby chats to a fan at Tranmere’s Meet and Greet on Thursday.

“The home form has been good compared to what it has been like in previous years.

“When it comes to seeing the away games, you can see the better support as well this year.

“The fans have been brilliant.”

Kirby is one of the longest-serving senior players at the club, having risen through the youth ranks before signing his first professional contract in 2012, aged 17.

As a result, he knows exactly how much it would mean to gain promotion back into League Two, after Rovers dropped out of the Football League back in 2015 which ended their 94-year stay in the leagues.

He said: “It’s massive, I’ve been here since I came through the youth team and I’ve dropped down with the club with relegations.

“Getting promotion would be massive.”

Kirby is currently rehabbing a knee ligament injury that he picked up in training last week, and will be unavailable for the next six weeks or so as Rovers continue their promotion charge at Maidstone on Saturday.

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