Rovers end keeper search
By Paul Higham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The departure of Joe Murphy to West Brom left Tranmere with just John Achterberg as their recognised custodian, and went frantically in search of a new recruit.
The 33-year-old Welch has agreed a one-month stay at Prenton Park but could secure a longer deal should things go well.
The former Rochdale and Bristol City shot-stopper failed to agree terms on a new deal with The Cobblers and left Sixfields after playing 42 games for them last season.
Welch could make his debut on Tuesday night against Manchester City, and will start the season in goal as a result of Achterberg's two-game suspension.
Welch says that the move was a last-minute affair, but had no hesitation in agreeing the move.
"It was a spur of the moment thing really and it was only two days ago that I heard about it but I've played against Tranmere a few times and I know that it's a good set up here so I had no hesitation in signing for them," Welch told the club's website.
"I've played enough games to know the ins and outs of things, it's short notice but you've just got to get on with it.
"I've got a few days` training with the lads before the first game of the season and I'll be in for the first two games and then we'll have to see what happens from there and if I do well then we'll have to wait and see.
"I've played most of my career around the first and second division so I know quite a lot of teams and what they're about."
Should the club opt against retaining Welch longer than the planned month's stay, Rovers could well turn to Aberdeen shot-stopper David Preece who is having a trial with the club.
The Dons have told the 25-year-old Sunderland-born keeper he is surplus to requirements at Pittodrie, after number one Peter Kjaer signed a contract extension with the Scottish Premier League outfit.