This afternoon, Tranmere boss Micky Mellon finalised the first of what he hopes will be four signings in a week, as he took young Barnsley winger Dylan Mottley-Henry on a short term loan.
Mottley-Henry was born in Leeds in 1997. He joined Bradford City as a youngster, and signed professional forms in 2014, with the Bantams sitting in League One. During the 2015-16 season, the wide man went out on a couple of loans – playing in the National League and National League North with Altrincham and Bradford Park Avenue respectively, making a total of twenty appearances in the process.
Dylan was released by Bradford, having only made two substitute appearances for them, but impressed in a trial at then newly-promoted Yorkshire rivals Barnsley, as they assembled a squad for the second tier. But he has yet to play a first team game at Oakwell, and will be looking to show he has developed since playing in the National League two years ago.
Mellon was assistant manager at Barnsley between 2012 and 2014, and still has strong links with the club. He said of the signing:
“I’d like to welcome Dylan to the club. He’s a winger with great pace who has a lot of potential and is someone Barnsley think very highly of. I’d like to thank Paul Heckingbottom and Barnsley for allowing him to join us.”
The Rovers squad has certainly lacked pace and width since the beginning of the season, with long term injuries keeping Ben Tollitt and Jake Kirby out of contention. Jack Dunn – who was signed on a free from Liverpool in the summer – has been played in more central roles, while Adam Dawson seems to have completely fallen out of favour, being loaned out Darlington, who ply their trade in the league below. Meanwhile, 21-year-old Elliot Rokka – recruited from Radcliffe Borough – is not yet considered ready for fifth tier football.
Mellon will be hoping that Mottley-Henry can add much needed urgency to Rovers’ play in the final third. He is available for selection on Wednesday, as Tranmere take on Leyton Orient at Prenton Park. With Ben Tollitt returning to full fitness and ready for a first team place, it seems that wing play may be back in a big way.