Tranmere's Jake Kirby commits until 2017

Jake Kirby in action for Tranmere.

Jake Kirby in action for Tranmere.

First published in News Wirral Globe: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Reporter

MIDFIELDER Jake Kirby has signed a two-year contract extension at Tranmere Rovers.

The 20-year-old was already under contract for next season but has now agreed to stay at the club until the summer of 2017.

The Academy product made his debut against  Scunthorpe United on the final day of the season in 2012.

But he broke through into the first team last season making 35 appearances and scoring twice - both goals coming in victories over Coventry.

Football Operations Director Mick Horton said: "We are determined to bring through young players at Tranmere Rovers and we feel Jake has great potential.

"The fact he is willing to commit his next three years to Tranmere is an indication that he feels this is the best place for him to develop his talent.

"Jake understands the new direction the Club is taking and wants to be a part of the exciting times ahead."

Kirby's decision to put pen to paper comes just days after Jason Koumas also committed his future to the club.

The former Welsh international re-joined the club last July having spent two years out of the game and quickly became a key part of the Rovers team.

Mr Horton added: “We are delighted Jason has agreed to lead our attempts to make an instant return to League One.

“He showed his dedication to the club by playing on in the last weeks of the season, despite carrying a toe injury that left him limping for days.

“His presence in the dressing room will also be invaluable as we look to introduce young players to the team next season.”

Koumas made 34 appearances last season and scored four goals for Tranmere.

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