An insight into Elliot Rokka’s 2017-18 season so far

By Peter Tscherewik

Elliot Rokka signed for Tranmere Rovers in July 2017, having impressed in a trial period over the summer. The 22-year old signed on a one-year contract from Radcliffe Borough, and was the club’s top-goalscorer in the 2016-17 season with 16.

His efforts earned him the coveted award of the Evo-Stik League Young Player of the Season, and upon signing for Rovers the manager described him as ‘an exciting player who will get fans off their seats’.

However, it hasn’t been all plain sailing for the winger as injuries have played a massive part in this 2017-18 campaign. Time on the sidelines have restricted Rokka’s opportunities to make an impression upon Merseyside, which thus far have only come during pre-season.

In November 2017, Rokka was poised to move out on loan to Warrington Town. Rovers have sent players on loan there in the past with great success, including the likes of Devarn Green, Luke Pilling and Evan Gumbs. Sadly the move never materialised despite terms being agreed, that being because of a Tranmere midfield crisis.

Rokka has only featured in Tranmere’s matchday squad on two competitive occasions this season, and it was no surprise to see Colwyn Bay come calling for the player in January.

Alan Morgan (manager) and Craig Hogg (assistant manager) both have coaching roles with Tranmere, and were a big reason why the player decided to take the plunge with the Welsh club on a temporary basis.

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Elliot Rokka in action for Colwyn Bay against former club Radcliffe Borough (Credit – David Thomas)

The player is due to link back up with Tranmere on this forthcoming Tuesday (March 20), but has had a great impact on a side that are chasing promotion in a competitive league.

In his nine starts for the Seagulls, he scored two goals (one on debut) and the side have registered 16 points from a possible 27 (five wins, one draw and three losses). Rokka has continued to train with Tranmere on Solar Campus during his time out on loan, and admits that is ‘massive’ because of the difference in standards.

He said: “The players, the standard, everything is a lot more intense and it’s good. 

“It’s difficult training in the morning then going to Colwyn Bay on a Tuesday and Thursday night but it’s really good training here.”

The player is hopeful of being able to make a good impression upon his return to Merseyside, and with the fight for places being stronger in this latter stage of the season he appears willing to be patient for his chance to come.

He said: “Hopefully I can come back in, push for a place in the team and just hopefully wait for my chance and see if I can get on.”

Rokka could feature for Tranmere for the first time as early as next Saturday, when Micky Mellon’s side face Eastleigh at Prenton Park.

If you’d like to catch up on all of our exclusive interview with the player, click here to see the video or watch it from the top of this article!

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