Mellon delighted with striker swoop

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FLEETWOOD Town have added to their strike power by signing Andrew Mangan from Blue Square Bet Premier rivals Wrexham.

Manager Micky Mellon has successfully concluded his pursuit of the striker, who started his career at Blackpool before moving on to Accrington Stanley, Bury and Forest Green Rovers.

The 24-year-old enjoyed a successful goalscoring spell with Wrexham, netting 22 times in 63 appearances.

Mellon said: “Andrew is young, athletic and ambitious, the type of player we are looking for at Fleetwood.

“We have known about him for some time and he is someone we have admired.

“He will bring a good goalscoring reputation to the club.”

Mangan first came to prominence as a youngster with Blackpool, joining them at the age of 15, and he proved a prolific scorer at youth level. He went on to make two senior appearances under then manager Steve McMahon.

He was part of the Accrington team that gained promotion to the Football League and then moved to Bury.

He went on to be top scorer in the Conference with 30 in a season for Forest Green Rovers.

Mellon added: “Mangan has always been considered one of the better players in the division and he will add to our strikers at Fleetwood.

“Sometimes we like to play three up front and have two more strikers on the bench. We can vary it, changing from 4-4-2 to 4-4-3 if needed.”

Mangan said: “It feels great to sign for Fleetwood Town. I have great memories of Wrexham, but after speaking to the chairman and manager I could see Fleetwood are going in the right direction.

“I’ve been the leading scorer for the club I’ve played for in the last three seasons and I will bring goals with me.

“I enjoy hard work and play for the team. That comes first and the goals follow. Hard word means you will stay in the team but Fleetwood already have a good strikeforce and I’ll contribute as well to claim a regular shirt.”

Meantime, Town have had informal talks with giant central defender Ismail Yakubu, surprisingly released by AFC Wimbledon.

But he is not Fleetwood’s prime target to fill a position in central defence.

Yakubu was part of the Wimbledon team that gained Football League status, scoring in the penalty shoot-out which decided the play-off final against Luton Town at Eastlands.

It came as a surprise in most quarters that Wimbledon decided to release the player, who previously chalked up 250 League appearances for Barnet.

Mellon, whose side lost to Wimbledon in the play-off semi-finals, said: “We have spoken to Yakubu but it is a different ball game because you are talking about relocating a player from the south.

“He is not our No.1 target as a defender – that is another player.”

Mellon is delighted to have captured one defender in highly regarded Celtic Under-19 captain Matty Hughes, fending off interest from elsewhere.

The Fleetwood boss said: “There were League clubs keen to sign Hughes, but it is not my place to say which ones and would not be fair.

“All I know is that his agent said Hughes wanted to play for me.”

Mellon said that age and potential had been a factor in Hughes’ signing, as it was with all recent team-building.

He added: “Players like Scott Davies, Hughes, Anthony Barry, Junior Brown, Shaun Beeley, Mangan and George Donnelly are all players in their early-20s. This is not just a policy that we have dreamed up on the spur of the moment, it is a policy of building for the future.”

Brown, Jamie McGuire, Davies and Beeley have all signed new deals at the club.