TOLLITT | I've Joined a Club on the Up

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Fri 21 Dec 2018

Wrexham's latest signing Ben Tollitt believes he's joined a club 'back on the way up' having put pen to paper on a short-term loan deal.

The Liverpool-born winger has arrived at the Racecourse Ground on a deal from Tranmere Rovers and now can't wait to get into the thick of the action.

"I really do believe I've joined a club who are on their way back up" said the 24-year old.

"My phone's not stopped buzzing sinced the move was announced and the messages from Wrexham fans has meant a lot to me, the support is crazy but in a good way!"

Tollitt - a native of Merseyside - arrives in North Wales with promotion winning pedigree and pointed to the coaching staff at the Racecourse as a key component for making the move.

"I heard about Graham Barrow and the interest and asked the lads [at Tranmere] about it. I'd also heard about Carl Darlington, the first team coach, and a lot of the lads who had played under him spoke very highly of him.

"I'm really looking forward to getting started under the coaching set-up that there is here and I mean it when I say, I want to get Wrexham back up, as it's similar to Tranmere last year where they shouldn't be at this level.

"I played against Wrexham with Tranmere and the support is unbelievable, I can't wait to get out on to the pitch in front of those fans."

Ben began life a supporter of home town club Liverpool, but it was the Blue side of Merseyside that gave him his oppurtunity when he joined Everton's academy. However, he would eventually sign for Widnes and begin his life in men's football earlier than expected before making his big break.

"I've been playing men's football since I was about 17 and joined Widnes at 19, by the time I'd left I joined Skelmersdale on a dual-registration.

"Within six months of that, I went from playing in front of 30-40 people to 17,000 sell-outs at Fratton Park! I played in a decent stadium at Widnes, but nothing can prepare you for that.

"I was 21 and I had lads like Gary Roberts and Gaz Evans playing ahead of me, so when a loan to Tranmere came up I thought I'd see where it takes me.

"I eventually went on to sign permanently and have enjoyed some success with the club, getting promotion from the National League last season. I've a rough idea of how to get out of this league and now want to do that here."

Ben won't feature tomorrow against Aldershot, as the deal come together too late in the day and instead will link up with his new team-mates for training on Monday, where he and the squad will look forward to a home match against Salford City on Boxing Day.

"It's a shame I can't feature tomorrow, but I'll be ready for the busy Christmas period with a massive game against Salford, hopefully, if I'm selected, I can make my mark at the Racecourse."

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