Accrington Stanley have signed striker Andy Mangan and he says he can’t explain how excited he is to be at the Wham Stadium.
The 31-year-old was at Stanley in 2006 as the Reds lifted the Conference title.
He has been at a number of clubs since then, including Shrewsbury, Forest Green and Tranmere, and came training with the Reds in the summer after signing for Bala Town in the Welsh Premier League, while also coaching Fleetwood Town’s U16s.
He impressed during the sessions and he has put pen to paper on a one-year deal with a one year option after Bala agreed to release him.
“It’s great to be back, this was my first professional club, it’s always been special to me and I want to thank the gaffer and Jimmy (Bell) for welcoming me back,” said Mangan.
“What they instilled in me in 2006 has lived with me throughout my career and it’s proud moment for me to come back to play for them.
“I had signed for Bala and played in the Europa League but once the gaffer said he wanted to sign me here it was a massive opportunity.
“I know I am nearly 32 but I have kept myself fit, I have played and scored goals in League One and I will do anything the gaffer tells me. I am here to help out with whatever he tells me to do.
“I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am. The gaffer and Jimmy have shown they believe in me and I want to repay their faith in me.
“I did initially just come to train but I think I maybe surprised the management, they haven’t seen me for 12 years on a day-to-day basis and I believe in my ability.”
Stanley boss John Coleman said: “You know what you get with Mangy. He is a great lad to have around the place, he has a great appetite for the game and he is a great footballer.
“He has done well in League One, he has scored goals and he gives us an option coming off the bench and he will have an impact in games. His enthusiasm is infectious.”