TRANMERE Rovers manager Micky Mellon has started preparations for next season by signing defender Adam Buxton on a new two-year contract.

The 25-year-old, who came to Prenton Park from League Two side Portsmouth in February, made his debut for Rovers in their FA Trophy replay against Chelmsford City.

He went to making a further 13 appearances for the side and helped the to the play-off final at Wembley.

Regarded as a strong defender first and foremost, the former Accrington Stanley man also showed he has quality from set pieces in attacking situations.

Manager Micky Mellon said: "I'm pleased to be able to keep a player of Adam's quality at the club.

"He was someone we were able to bring in during the season and we knew the great qualities he would bring to the group.

"During his time with us last season, he showed his flexibility at being able to play at full-back,wing-back or indeed in the centre of defence to allow us to play three at the back.

"He fits into the profile of players we want to have at the football club; he's still relatively young, is always looking to improve, is ambitious and wants to take the club forward.

"Adam has shown he can perform and handle the expectation from everybody of playing for Tranmere and is a good character to have around the place, so we're really pleased he's staying with us".