Tranmere boss refuses to be drawn on James Norwood rumours

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Micky Mellon has refuted rumours that 28-year old striker James Norwood could leave Prenton Park after his sensational start to the season.

The striker has been in deadly form this season, with six goals in as many games, a run he’s kept going since last year. His goals earned Tranmere their Football league place and he’s settled nicely back in the Football League.

His performances have fuelled talk that he’s being watched by a host of League One clubs and with his contract due to expire at the end of the season, Mellon may struggle to hold on to his star man. He lost Andy Cook in the summer to Walsall and wouldn’t want the same to happen with Norwood.

Mellon wasn’t keen to discuss his player’s future.

“He, like everyone else, is contracted to Tranmere. We’re a tight group here. If whatever happens further down the line then we’ll deal with that, but there’s nothing in my mind at all about that – it’s all about the group doing well for the football club and to keep trying to move forward, that is honestly the truth. We’re about improvement, trying to do well for each other and for Tranmere.”

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If they don’t tie him to a new deal soon, there will be an agent wanting to make himself a few quid. Cook got his big move and if Tranmere stay in League Two this season, then Norwood will surely move on.

He’s made 123 appearances for Tranmere, scoring 57 goals but as he’s not getting younger he may well want to test himself as high as possible. If the club can’t meet his ambitions, he’ll be gone.

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