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Striking deal for Blackpool man was main ‘priority’ in January, says EFL club’s chairman

Tranmere Rovers chairman Mark Palios has said keeping hold of Blackpool loanee Rob Apter was their main ‘priority’ in the January transfer window.

Tranmere Rovers managed to retain the services of the winger until the end of the season.

Apter, 20, has been a key player for the Merseyside outfit in League Two this term.

Palios has said, as per the official club website: “In the January window, Nigel’s key priority was to retain Robbie Apter’s services for the remainder of the season, which I am delighted that we were able to achieve.  

“There was also an opportunity to bring in some new players but Nigel, after consulting with his recruitment team, felt that none who were available to us were going to make the squad clearly better.”

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Apter returned to Blackpool mid-way through this campaign and was subsequently handed a new deal by the League One outfit before heading back to Tranmere.

His switch to Prenton Park has worked out well for him and he is one of Nigel Adkins’ key players.

He was given the green light to make the temporary switch to Birkenhead on 1st September and has since made 33 appearances in all competitions, chipping in with 10 goals and three assists.

Apter played for Tranmere’s academy as a youngster before switching to the Seasiders in 2019.

He has since played three first-team matches for the Tangerines and has also had loan spells away at Bamber Bridge, Chester and Scunthorpe United in non-league to boost his development.

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The Liverpudlian, who represents Scotland at youth international level, is due to head back to Bloomfield Road when this season ends.

Blackpool have an exciting talent heading back their way and it will be interesting to see if he can force his way into their starting XI.

In the meantime, he will be focused on ending his stay with Tranmere on a high. Rovers have been going well recently and won 1-0 away at promotion chasing Wrexham last time out.

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