EXCLUSIVE – Elliot Rokka: “Hopefully I can come back in and push for a place in the team”

By Peter Tscherewik

Elliot Rokka joined Tranmere Rovers back in July 2017, and has had to endure a largely frustrating 2017-18 campaign on Merseyside. However, the winger says he has ‘really enjoyed’ playing week in week out in a competitive league on loan at Colwyn Bay.

He made his Rovers debut in pre-season as a substitute against Liverpool, and got his first goal against Cammell Laird only two weeks after signing for the club. However, that is about as far as it’s got for Rokka with the Super Whites as tormenting injuries and strong competition for places have hindered first-team chances.

The 22-year old finishes his loan with Colwyn Bay next Tuesday (March 20), and appears hopeful of being able to make a good impression and is ready to fight for a place in the Tranmere team.

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.”

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Elliot Rokka in action for Tranmere Rovers against Liverpool (Credit – Tranmere Rovers)

Tranmere hold a unique link with Colwyn Bay, and it comes through their staffing. Alan Morgan (manager), and Craig Hogg (assistant manager) both hold coaching roles with the Super Whites as well as working with the North Wales side, who are a part-time club.

Hogg works within Rovers’ academy, while Morgan’s official role is titled as being a ‘youth development phase lead coach’. Rokka says that he did not know of Hogg prior to signing for The Bay, and that Morgan was the main reason why he decided to make the loan move.

He said: “Funnily enough I didn’t actually know Hoggy before I went there, but Alan Morgan who is at Tranmere, he was the main reason that I went there.

“Obviously when I got to Colwyn Bay, I got introduced to Hoggy and he helped me a lot.”

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Rokka has the ball at his feet for Colwyn Bay against Atherton Collieries (Credit – David Thomas)

Rokka joined The Seagulls in January, and has made a big difference to a side that is chasing promotion in the Evo Stik North. In the nine games that the winger has started, Colwyn Bay have only lost three times (five wins, one draw, three losses).

When asked about how he felt about his performances about the club, Rokka said that he thinks he has had done well for the club during his time there.

He said: I started off pretty good, I scored in my first game. I’ve done really well to be fair, created a lot of chances for the team, thought I’ve done well.

“So, the manager has been really happy with me, I think we’ve won six of the nine games I’ve played there, I think I’ve had a good impact there.”

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