Shrewsbury boss Mick Mellon closes in on Forest Green striker Andy Mangan

FLASHBACK:Forest Green chairman Dale Vince, Andy Mangan and former boss David Hockaday

FLASHBACK:Forest Green chairman Dale Vince, Andy Mangan and former boss David Hockaday

First published in Sport Stroud News and Journal: Photograph of the Author by , Sports editor

FOREST Green striker Andy Mangan is on the verge of completing a move to Shrewsbury, according to Shrews manager Micky Mellon.

Mellon told the club's website said: "I think we're pretty much where we want to be with maybe just one more to come in. That deal has been pretty much agreed; it's just a matter of getting the communication going between the two football clubs.

"There's no secret that Andy is the lad we're trying to bring in. I know him very well and I know what he'll bring to the group. He can play anywhere across the front and has got good instincts to get you a few goals.

"He'll be a great addition to what we're already doing, although I have to be respectful and say the deal hasn't been 100% concluded yet. It's more a question of when rather than if."

Mangan,27, has not featured in either of Rovers' opening  pre-season friendlies and remained with the Academy when the rest of the squad travelled to Scotland for a five-day boot camp.

He was suspended for the bulk of last season due to a breach of club discipline, which occurred before Ady Pennock's arrival as manager.

Rovers terminated  his contract in February, only for him to successfully appeal against that decision and return early for pre-season training this summer.

Mangan  hit 30 goals for Jim Harvey’s Forest Green side in 2008/09 followin a free transfer from Bury.

However, he was hit with a five-month ban from football in the summer of 2009 for breaching betting rules while at previous club Bury and failed to play for then boss David Hockaday.

He quit Rovers and joined Wrexham in January 2010 and scored 23 goals for the Dragons before moving to Fleetwood Town under current Shrewsbury boss Mellon.

The Liverpool-based striker helped the Cod Army to win promotion to the Football league.

He  re-joined Rovers on a three-year deal, but he made only three starts and six substitute appearances in the Skrill Premier last term.

 

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