ROVERS SIGN UP CANADIAN YOUNGSTER
By Jamie Dixon
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The 17-year-old forward made three first team appearances for Rovers towards the end of last season, and he will now be hoping to continue his rise through the ranks to secure a regular place in the first team at Prenton Park in the coming seasons.
Born to Scottish parents in Edinburgh, Hume moved to Canada before he was two. He was spotted by Tranmere some years later, whilst playing for a 'Canadian Select' youth team that came over to England on tour.
After receiving a glowing reference for Hume from the scouts that went to watch him play against Bolton on this tour, and with the player holding a British passport, Rovers' youth development officer Warwick Rimmer was keen to add the youngster to his ranks at Tranmere.
And Rimmer is now sure that the youngster will go on to prove that he was one of the great finds of recent years, tipping the striker for success at the club in the near future.
"Iain has a lot of ability and could become a very good player in the future," said Rimmer. "He's ahead of his own generation in football terms.
"He was playing for the Canadian Under-18s at 15. We have been very fortunate in finding Iain."
After signing the professional contract at Tranmere, Hume said that he was delighted with the progress that he had made in recent years, adding that he was looking forward to continuing his development at Rovers.
"I'm delighted to have signed professional forms so early in my career," said the young hit-man.
"Everything has happened so fast since I arrived here at Tranmere and I just hope I can carry on making progress as a player. I realise that luck has been on my side with the way things have happened."