Fleetwood Town boss Joey Barton believes this week’s signing of left-back Danny Andrew is a statement of intent to the rest of League One.
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Andrew, 28, was released by Doncaster Rovers after contract discussions broke down. Several League One clubs were ready to pounce but Town who won the race.
Andrew played for Town from 2014-16 but left for Grimsby Town on a free transfer after making just 17 League appearances in an injury-hit Highbury spell.
Now he has returned on a three-year deal after featuring 56 times in all competitions for Doncaster Rovers last season. The defender played in all 46 League One fixtures and both play-off games for sixth-placed Rovers.
Barton wants Andrew to build on that platform next season and said: “We’re really pleased to see Danny join the club.
“He was a key player in Doncaster’s successful season and we hope he can build on that with us over the next three years.
“I know that a number of clubs were interested in signing Danny, so this shows a real statement of intent from the club as we build towards the new season.”