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Rejection helped Tranmere's Dale Jennings - Garnett

Dale Jennings
Jennings was a former trainee at Liverpool's youth academy

Tranmere youth coach Shaun Garnett says Rovers forward Dale Jennings is the perfect example of a player who has not given up on playing top level football.

Jennings won the League One Apprentice of the Year award after being released by Liverpool as a schoolboy.

"He's worked hard at his game, his lifestyle and he deserves the award," Garnett told BBC Radio Merseyside.

"Dale has dealt with the rejection in the past in a positive way and he's come back a better player."

He added: "Dale has a great story for any boy who suffers rejection. We picked Dale up when he was 15, having been released from Liverpool and having down the rounds at other clubs.

"He came to us on trial and right away he was as good as we had and you could see the potential from the start."

Everyone's on the look-out for the next Dale Jennings

Tranmere youth coach Shaun Garnett

Tranmere have developed a number of players to play in the Premier League and the Championship over the years including Alan Mahon and Jason Koumas.

Garnett, who played at Prenton Park between 1988 and 1996, insists Rovers are a club that relies on players wanting to progress up the football league ladder.

"That's one thing that we offer the boys at Tranmere Rovers, they're not going to be a millionaire, but what we can offer is the pathway to our first team," said Garnett. "That leads to bigger and better things.

"If you're good enough for our first team and a big club come in, there's a pathway to play at a higher level - Premier League, Championship, who knows?

"Everyone's on the look-out for the next Dale Jennings."

Jennings, 18, has scored five goals in 21 League One appearances this season.

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Showunmi welcomes Jennings return
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Parry reveals bids for Jennings
03 Feb 11 |  Tranmere
Jennings secures deal at Tranmere
20 Oct 10 |  Tranmere
Bristol Rovers 0-1 Tranmere
28 Sep 10 |  League One

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