TRANMERE Rovers' new signing Ryan Williams says he is looking forward to the ‘magic’ of playing for his hometown club.

During a press conference ahead of Saturday’s League Two clash with Carlisle United, the 27-year-old midfielder – at Prenton Park on a short-term contract until January – said he was ready to give Micky Mellon's side 110%.

The Tranmere-born player's career began at Chester City before moving on to Colwyn Bay.

After scoring 16 goals in 35 games for Rhyl in 2011, he earned himself a move to EFL side Morecambe.

He was an instrumental part of the squad between 2013 and 2015 which caught the eye of Brentford in the Championship where he signed a one-year contract.

After a season at The Bees he moved on to Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

Since 2016, Williams has had spells with Ottawa Fury in Canada where he played his football in the North America Soccer League.

He then made the move to Brazil where he would play for Paysandu in the Brazilian second division.

After a successful trial period with the club, he has today agreed a short term contract with Rovers until January.

He said today: "I've been in training for a few weeks and it’s gone really well.

"The lads and staff have made me feel welcome and very much part of the team, which has been great.

"It's obviously a big change from where I was.

"I was out in Brazil, where the culture and lifestyle was a massive shock to the system.

"I knew it was going to be difficult when I went out there, but when you see things with your own eyes, particularly things that you're not accustomed to seeing, it definitely takes a while to adjust.

"I was born and bred in Tranmere and supported the club when I was a child, so I'm absolutely delighted to be here.

"I'm really looking forward to getting on the pitch. I'll give it 110% every time I put on the white shirt."

On his new boss, Ryan added: "Micky’s always been a manager to work for.

"So the fact that he's at Tranmere as well was double bubble for me."

Looking back on his career so far, he said: "I feel like I've come full circle.

"Every move I've made over the past seven years has taken me further away from home.

"I found my way to Brazil and have, finally, found my way back home.

"It's going to be nice to see my family and my friends, but my focus is solely on football and trying to play my part for the team.

"To score in front of the Kop would be a magical thing for me."

Reflecting on the footballer's life in Brazil, he continued: "It was a tough spell, personally, away from the pitch.

"That's because you're very isolated, it’s a massive club and you couldn't really go out without getting mobbed in many ways.

"For some games, you’d get about 40,000 spectators.

"You couldn't really switch off from that unless you isolated yourself in the house, which was a new experience for me.

"In terms of football, they're brilliant. In Brazil, you could probably pick up a rock and find a world-class player. They're everywhere."

On his new signing Micky Mellon said: "He's a local lad who has good experience of playing in different countries and has good stories to tell about the development that he's had in these countries.

"It's a no-brainer for us to bring him into the group and put pressure on the first team members.

"He gives us something different to add to the group, in that he can play a number of positions.

"Competition for places is healthy for the squad, especially with the high standards that we set ourselves.

"I'm looking forward to seeing Ryan be part of the group."

Ryan's home debut could come against Newport County AFC a week on Saturday, September 22.