Everton have loaned young central defender Morgan Feeney to Tranmere Rovers for the remainder of the 2019-20 season.
It is the first time Feeney, 20, has left Goodison Park on a temporary basis, and he will now cross the River Mersey to help Micky Mellon’s side battle relegation from League One.
Speaking about the deal, Tranmere boss 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.”
Feeney’s only senior appearances for Everton so far came in their final two Europa League group stage matches in 2017, by which time the Blues had already been knocked out.
A boyhood Evertonian, Feeney was captain of David Unsworth’s under-23s side prior to this loan move and is a season ticket holder in the Gwladys Street at Goodison.
Feeney has also represented England at under-17, under-18 and under-19 level.