Defenders Liam Ridehalgh and Evan Gumbs sign new Tranmere deals

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Tranmere manager Micky Mellon is delighted to have secured defenders Liam Ridehalgh and Evan Gumbs on new contracts as they prepare for a return to League One.

Tranmere manager Micky Mellon is delighted to have secured defenders Liam Ridehalgh and Evan Gumbs on new contracts as they prepare for a return to League One.

The 28-year-old Ridehalgh, who is the current longest serving member of the squad, has signed a two-year deal, while academy graduate Gumbs – who is continuing his rehabilitation from a serious knee injury in April – has agreed a 12-month deal.

‘I’m delighted to be able to work with both players again next season,’ Mellon told tranmererovers.co.uk.

‘Liam has been magnificent for us and understands the standards that we have here at the club having been here for over five years now.

‘Evan has shown us what he is capable of when he has played and he will get all of the support that he needs with his injury.

‘He has a great character, I’m in no doubt about that.

We will steadily get him back to fitness.

‘ Ridehalgh, after 195 appearances and back-to-back promotions since joining the club permanently in 2014, is relishing the coming season.

‘We’ve been on a journey and it means a lot to me to be with the club back in League One,’ he said.

‘I love the club, I love the lads and I love the manager.

‘ Gumbs, after two injuries in quick succession, is hoping to get back to action as soon as possible.

He said: ‘I’m still on crutches for another few weeks and then the recovery period will take seven to nine months but I’m not going to rush it, I will take my time to recover properly.’

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