Micky Mellon: “(Drissa Traore) is a player I’ve admired for a long time”

By George Williamson 

Tranmere Rovers boss Micky Mellon was full of praise for new signing Drissa Traore during Thursday’s press conference, after the midfielder signed a short-term contract last week.

Traore, 25, had his contract terminated by mutual consent by Forest Green Rovers on February 26th, and Rovers acted quickly to add the talented Ivorian to the team.

Mellon said: “He is a player I’ve admired for a long time and he’s always impressed me.

“We’ve seen a lot of him and we know what his qualities are.

“He got paid up by Forest Green, he became available and it was something the club were able to do at a crucial time of the season and bring another good player into the building.

“It’s not often in recruitment that something falls into your lap at the right time like it did, it wasn’t something we had prepared for a long time ago, there was a need for a midfield player of that quality and thankfully he left Forest Green and we were able to get in there quickly.

“Everybody worked very hard to get it done and we’re very grateful that he’s up here now and we can keep moving forward.”

Rovers are suffering a shortage of midfielder at the minute, after Ollie Norburn picked up a suspension, Jeff Hughes has a hamstring injury and James Wallace is still out long-term.

In fact, Mellon specifically mentioned the fact that Jay Harris is his only available midfielder currently, but stressed that Traore’s arrival is not a knee-jerk reaction to that situation.

He said: “We know we’re down to one midfield player currently at the minute with Jay Harris, all the rest are either suspended or injured, and that’s going to be the case for the next two or three games, so (Traore’s signing) was something was something we wanted to do, but it has no reflection on anything else.”

When asked if the addition of Traore marks the end of transfer business for the remainder of the season, Mellon was clear he’s more than open to bringing more players into their building, providing it fits what they’re trying to do.

He said: “If a situation comes up and we believe we can strengthen somewhere and it fits financially – that’s the important thing because Tranmere Rovers is a very, very well run football club – I’m sure we would do everything we can to improve the group.”

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