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Tranmere Rovers fan Sam Robinson gives his verdict on the Whites’ chances in SkyBet League Two this season.

Koumas is key to Tranmere's hopes of success

Jason Koumas is key to Tranmere’s hopes of success

What are your expectations for this season?

After last season, it would be nice to go a campaign without being in the headlines for the wrong reasons. On the field, we have enough talent and ability to finish in the top seven. Not doing so wouldn’t be disastrous, more disappointing. However, we need to give our new manager time to implement his ideas to the players – Rome wasn’t built in a day and all that.

What do you think of your summer business so far?

It’s been pleasing. We’re still short in defence but we have a wealth of talent in midfield following the arrivals of Marc Laird and Matt Gill to complement the likes of James Rowe and Max Power in the middle of the park. Marcus Holness is an astute signing and he has already made his mark by being appointed captain, he should be able to help young centre back Michael Ihiekwe develop into a fine defender. Up front, Kayode Odejayi brings a wealth of experience to a young squad and Eliot Richards has boundless potential and could be a real star.

Who will be your star player this year?

If he stays fit and we get a full season out of him then I have no doubt that there isn’t a better player in League Two than our midfielder Jason Koumas. The former Welsh international has Premier League experience from his time with West Brom and Wigan and still makes the game look effortless at the age of 33.

Who will be your breakout star this year?

Cole Stockton has been biding his time for the last couple of years but now he seems ready and determined to make a big impact this season. His form in pre-season has been mightily impressive and it would be a shock to see him marginalised on the fringes of the squad again after the praise he has received from the new manager, Rob Edwards.

What game are you looking forward to the most?

The opening game of the season at home to York. It will mark the true beginning of the Rob Edwards era and will allow us to move on from the car crash last 18 months that saw us slip from genuine promotion contenders in League One to a League Two side.

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