By Pranav Shahaney

21st Jun, 2022 | 4:10pm

Rhys Hughes seals Everton exit to sign two-year deal at Tranmere Rovers

Rhys Hughes has sealed Everton exit days before his contract ran out to sign a two-year deal at Merseyside club Tranmere Rovers.

The club made an official announcement after reports emerged that he had left to join the League Two outfit on a free transfer.

After a four-year stint at the club and signing a professional deal with them in January 2020, the 20-year-old has parted ways with the Goodison Park outfit.

Rovers’ statement read, “Tranmere Rovers are delighted to confirm that Rhys Hughes, Ryan Stratulis and Jack Williams have all signed contracts with the club.

“Hughes signs for the club after featuring regularly for Everton U23s in the Premier League 2 last season where he chipped in with five goals and two assists in 22 games.

“Having graduated from the U18s at Everton and regularly captaining the side, the midfielder is a regular in the Wales U21 team and signs a two-year deal at Prenton Park.”

Right move?

Given the issues Everton face in the middle of the park, it did make some sense for them to promote a few central midfielders ahead of pre season.

However, with his contractual situation, it would’ve meant offering a new deal and we do not know if the coaches rated him enough to do so.

He appears to be a goal-scoring midfielder and that is something that Frank Lampard does not have in his side.

However, the decision is now made and the club have parted ways with the under-21 Wales international.

Hopefully, the Toffees do not come to regret this move as they have seen a number of players they’ve let go who’ve gone on to have good careers.

After Jonjoe Kenny, Hughes now follows him out of the door and we’re expecting more players to leave in the coming weeks.