Tranmere Rovers has announced the permanent signing of Josh Hawkes for an undisclosed fee.
Hawkes spent the first half of the season on loan from Sunderland and made an instant impact in the squad before being recalled at the start of January.
The creative midfielder pens a contract until the summer of 2024 after securing his future at Prenton Park for the next two-and-a-half years.
After signing his contract, the 22-year-old said, “I’m delighted. As soon as I heard Tranmere wanted to make it permanent, it was something I was keen to do.
“It’s really important for me at this stage of my career to be playing week in, week out. Tranmere have given me that opportunity and hopefully I can push on here.
“The team are doing really well at the moment and that was another factor in my decision to come back, as well as my connection with the fans. I just can’t wait to get going again now.”
Micky Mellon said, “We’re really pleased to bring Josh in and now he becomes one of our own.
“It’s terrific for us that we’re growing our own team with our own players which is an important step forward for us.
“We’re building these relationships with these clubs now such as Celtic, Rangers and Sunderland which benefits both clubs and we’ll see if we can keep improving the team in the future in this way.”