Date: 14th August 2009 at 1:21pm
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Tranmere Rovers have today completed the signing of former England striker Michael Ricketts on a one-year deal.

Michael, 30 started out at Walsall before moving to rivals Bolton for a fee of £500,000. Bolton was arguably Michael’s best time in his career scoring 46 goals in 112 games, he was also handed a England cap in 2002.

One year later after his England cap Ricketts joined Premier League side Middlesbrough for £3.5 million he then joined Leeds United in 2004.

His career went downhill though, he had unsuccessful spells at Southend, Oldham, Preston, Cardiff and Walsall and has recently been turned down for “being to fat” by Brighton and Stockport.

However manager John Barnes has put faith in Rickets and has handed him an opportunity back in to football with Rovers.

John Barnes said he was delighted to be able to lure him to Prenton Park, he told :

‘Michael is an experienced goalscorer who I’m delighted to be able to bring to the Club.

He is big and strong and will add something different to our attacking options.’

Michael Rickets added:

‘I’m pleased to have joined Tranmere. The lure of playing for John Barnes, who was an idol of mine, and the style of football he wants to play were big factors in me coming here.’