Young Everton defender Morgan Feeney has joined Tranmere Rovers on-loan for the rest of the season.
Everton Youngster Morgan Feeney Heads To Tranmere Rovers
Feeney, born across the River Mersey in Bootle, links up with the Rovers amid a relegation scrap.
Rovers sit 21st in Sky Bet League One, six points adrift of safety in the form of 20th-ranked MK Dons.
20-year-old Feeney becomes Rovers’ fifth signing in January after Peter Clarke, Alex Woodyard, James Vaughan and Luke McCullough moved to Prenton Park.
Feeney is yet to appear for Everton in the Premier League but made his Toffees debut in November 2017; aged just 18, he featured in a UEFA Europa League tie against Atalanta.
The young defender captains Everton’s Under-23 side and the move to Prenton Park is his first move away from the Toffees.
Speaking after Feeney made the temporary move to Birkenhead, boss Micky Mellon said: “We’ve watched a lot of Morgan in the U23s at Everton and members of the staff have gone to watch him as well and we’ve call come back saying the same thing, which is what a great attitude to the game he has.
“He’s a good addition to the group.
“It’s his first loan but I’m very confident and very positive about it, and I think he will come here and be a really good success.
“He does all of the things a centre-half should do, he’s a leader, he’s vocal and you can tell with the type of player he is, he would be able to come into our level and do the asks, which is his strength.
“I’m really pleased that we have been able to get somebody from Everton into the Club.
“It is something that we’ve worked very hard to try and get that relationship going.”