TRANMERE boss Micky Mellon has extended his contract with the club until May 2021.

The 46-year-old - who came to Prenton Park in 2016 and led the side to consecutive play-off finals at Wembley and secured promotion back to the Football League last May - announced the news during a press conference at the club this afternoon.

Chairman Mark Palios said the contract added 'stability' to the club, adding: "I am delighted that he (Mellon) has committed his future to us at an important stage in his career which demonstrates his confidence that the Club is progressing in the right direction and will provide him with the platform to develop his own career."

Mellon said: "I'm really pleased I'm going to be able to carry on the work that I came here to do at a club that I'm obviously very fond of.

"We can take Tranmere Rovers Football Club forward, we want to carry on with the hard work we've done to get to this stage.

"We know we have to continue to work hard and find ways of keep improving Tranmere."

Micky first came to Prenton Park as a player from 1997 to 1999 before moving to Barnsley, and then re-joined Tranmere in 2001 until 2004.

He returned as manager in 2016 from League One Shrewsbury, who he guided to promotion to the third tier during his time at New Meadow.

On his time so far at Prenton Park, he said: "To work at a club you’re so fond of every day with people who feel the same way gives it a different feel, of course we're very professional and we have jobs to do, but when you win or see the club progressing, it obviously gives you that extra satisfaction.

"We've grown the club back to where it is together and we will continue to do that, we just have to keep working hard. The fans, us as the coaching staff and players need to stick together, work hard and move the club forward on this fantastic journey we are all on as one."

Chairman Mark Palios said: "Micky has done a great job over the past two seasons and I was keen to ensure that we secured his commitment to us for the coming years.

"Just as stability on the business side of the club is important, so it is on the playing side.

"Giving a manager time in a role allows him to shape and develop his squad and helps us to attract new players.

"Micky has a genuine passion for the club and, importantly, an understanding of what the club is about.

"He has more than proved his capability since 2016, achieving results whilst improving the way we play and strengthening the bond between the terraces and the team.

"He also has a track record of securing promotion into League One, which is the next job."