ANDY Mangan has returned to Tranmere Rovers from League One side Shrewsbury Town for an undisclosed fee until the end of next season.

The 30-year-old forward half of last season at Prenton Park where he scored seven goals from 16 starts in a Rovers shirt, before joining Shrewsbury in the January transfer window.

He scored six goals for The Shrews at the end of last season to help them maintain their status in League One under current Tranmere manager Micky Mellon.

He has played under Mellon in three different spells, once with Fleetwood Town and twice with Shrewsbury, and will be available for Rovers' local derby against Chester FC at Prenton Park this weekend.

Micky Mellon said: "I'm delighted that we've brought Andy back to Prenton Park.

"He is a player that I know very well having worked with him previously. He's a good player who will further strengthen our attacking options so it's great to have him as part of the group.

"He is a good character to have around the team and staff and I’m looking forward to working with him again."

Mangan said: "I'm over the moon to be back at Tranmere.

"It shows how much I think of the Club that I wanted to come back.

"It was not an easy decision to leave Shrewsbury but the pull of Tranmere and working with Micky Mellon again plus the chance of winning promotion was simply too good to turn down.

"Micky is a manager I enjoy working with and have had a lot of success with in the past so that gives me great confidence going forward.

"I'd like to thank the Shrewsbury chairman for his understanding in this situation. If it wasn’t for him then this move wouldn’t have happened.

“I’d also like to thank Mark Palios for showing great confidence in me and wanting to bring me back to the Club.

“I just cannot wait to get going again and am already looking forward to the next game.”