Rokka’s loan extended; Burnett released

Tim ChannonFirst Team

SEAGULLS boss Alan Morgan has received agreement from Tranmere Rovers to extend Elliot Rokka’s loan period for a further month ahead of Saturday’s important home game against Kendal Town (3pm).
 The 21-year-old’s initial one month stay expired this week, but two postponements due to the weather means the winger only managed three games and one goal, with another unluckily disallowed, during that time.
 With the Bay scheduled to face a crucial run of games in February, manager Alan Morgan was keen to keep him longer.
 Tranmere boss Micky Mellon has agreed to that request and Elliot has said he is also happy to stay, so he will now be available for Saturday’s game along with the club’s other new loan signing Tom McCready, who is set to make his debut.

Elliot Rokka

“Elliot has done well in the three games he’s played but he is only just starting to get some match fitness back and I think we will see a lot more from him in the coming month,” said the manager. “Full time training doesn’t compensate for not playing and we are starting to see the benefit now of him getting a few games under his belt.”

  Elliot’s extended stay coincides with a big month as the Bay bid to close the gap on the top six play off places.   Kendal is the first of six games in a four weeks, all against teams below us in the table.
 The Mintcakes have hit a really sticky patch since they beat us in November, with five defeats and a draw in their last six games, including a 7-0 defeat at Scarborough last time out, but they will be desperate to end that run and have this week brought in goalkeeper Matthew Johnson on loan from Everton.
  Six of the nine teams above the Bay play each other on Saturday (Bamber Bridge v Trafford, Scarborough v Prescot and South Shields v Hyde) so at least three of them will drop points.
 That follows defeats for Droylsden and Glossop North End on Tuesday night (Jan 23). As it currently stands the Bay can go above Glossop, Clitheroe and Trafford by winning games in hand and also move to within two points of Droylsden and Prescot Cables.

Gary Burnett

THE club have announced that they have released forward Gary Burnett who has been out of action all season and is still recovering from knee surgery.

 He is some way from full fitness and his local club Atherton Collieries have shown an interest in signing him.
 “Gary is still injured and in rehab. He lives close to Atherton so it makes sense for him to continue his rehab and fitness programme with them,” reported manager Alan Morgan.
 The club wish Gary all the best for the future and with  his continuing recovery.