Reading Academy left-back Ethan Bristow has joined Tranmere Rovers after release from the Royals.

The defender made six first team appearances in Berkshire last season, gaining an assist for Femi Azeez's goal against Preston, alongside being a mainstay for the Under-23s side, but was let go by manager Paul Ince at the end of the season.

Two weeks before a scheduled return for pre-season, the 20-year-old has signed a two year deal at Prenton Park.

The Birkenhead-based side play in the fourth tier and finished ninth last campaign, their second straight season after relegation from League One.

Speaking on the club website, Bristow said: "“I’m really happy to be here. As soon as I heard of the interest, I was keen to come to Tranmere and I did some research. The stadium, the training ground and particularly playing in front of the fans excites me.

"I’m raring to go and have been doing my own bits of work to hit the ground running so I can’t wait to get going now.”

Manager, Micky Mellon, added: "We’re really pleased to bring Ethan to the Club. He’s a young and hungry player who wants to develop and show his qualities. 

“He’s got experience of playing in the Championship and we’re really looking forward to working with him and seeing him progress. He’s a player with lots of energy. A good size and he likes to attack and use his pace which are all positive qualities to have and will benefit us.”