The Tranmere Rovers view on Bristol Rovers transfer target Josh Dacres-Cogley

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Josh Dacres-Cogley is wanted by five League One clubs - but is he ready to make the step up? Tranmere Rovers expert Joseph Symes delivers his verdict.

Bristol Rovers have yet to make a signing this summer - but that is to be expected given the transfer window doesn't open until next week.

The Gas are hopeful of making several signings before pre-season begins at the end of the month, with Joey Barton planning a trip to a Royal Commando's base as part of a team building exercise. Transfer speculation has happened over the last few weeks with some rumours true, whilst others have been shot down. The latest name to be linked with a move to the Memorial Stadium is Josh Dacres-Cogley, who is available on a free transfer this summer.

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Dacres-Cogley is a right-back, and has been at Tranmere Rovers for the last two seasons after coming through the ranks at Birmingham City, where he made 23 apearances in the Championship. The 27-year-old is a man in demand if reports are anything to go by with Burton Albion, Lincoln City, and Port Valeall reportedly tracking him, in a five-team transfer race.

His position of right-back raises some question marks as they already have Luca Hoole in that position, meanwhile James Gibbons is another option. Joey Barton does see Hoole's future as a centre-back, but when he reverted back to full-back, he found his form, whilst Gibbons has only been at the club for one season. Nevertheless, it's good to know about players who might be joining the club. We spoke to Joseph Symes from Birkenhead News, to get the lowdown on Dacres-Cogley.

What kind of player is JDG, what is his best position and is he versatile?

Cogley is a player who likes to venture forward quite a lot, he’s always forward thinking and has an eye for goal time-to-time. He’s fast and has defenders on the back-foot with his darts upfield, as well as being a solid defender. Cogley is quite versatile.

What are his main attributes and where can he improve?

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His main attributes are his menacing runs up the pitch, which has left many defenders for dead, and his defensive work is quite solid, which saw Tranmere’s record at the back solid, displaying the 7th best record.

Although, Rovers’ defence began to become shaky towards the back-end of the campaign, conceding silly goals at crucial times, which hindered Tranmere, and Cogley was part of it, so one thing to take from that which he could improve is concentration at key times, otherwise, his other attributes are great.

Do you think he could make the step up to League One?

The player we’ve seen Cogley become and what he can do, I fully believe he could make the step up to League One. If he bolted up his awareness a little bit more, i think JDC could be a top League One defender for Joey Barton’s side.

What's the transfer situation with JDG? Is there any way that he commits to Tranmere? -

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Cogley has been offered a new deal with Tranmere, and that’s the latest so far, so we are waiting to see if he puts pen to paper or moves on for pastures new.

And finally, away from JDG. How has Harvey Saunders settled in since joining in January?

Saunders took a while to get going and adapting to a new system under Micky Mellon, and although he never scored any in his opening few, the signs were there that we could have a hard-working and soon to be clinical front-man. When he netted his first, he began to grow in confidence and his goal-record from then until the end of the season was a healthy return. He’s made Rovers fans excited to watch him play.

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