Andy Mangan: Shrewsbury Town top goalscorer enjoys fans' support

Andy Mangan (left)
Andy Mangan (left) is just three goals away from recording his 100th senior career goal

Shrewsbury Town striker Andy Mangan has thanked the club's fans for backing him since he joined in the summer.

Mangan, 28, played for six different clubs between 2007-14, serving a five-month ban for betting in 2009 and then falling out with Forest Green in 2013.

"The fans have been great," Town's top goalscorer told BBC Radio Shropshire.

"I'm quite sure they will have heard stories about me but hopefully now they know that I'm just a really nice lad who loves his football."

Last season, Mangan started just three games for Forest Green and failed to score in any of his nine appearances.

Betting ban
Andy Mangan was banned by the FA for five months in 2009 after betting on a League Two game he was involved in at Bury during the 2007-08 season.

Now the former Fleetwood and Wrexham player has scored seven goals in all competitions since joining Micky Mellon's side in July.

"The fans have taken to me, on a personal note, absolutely brilliantly. I'm really happy at the moment," he added.

After netting against Chelsea in the League Cup, Mangan scored a superb volleyed equaliser as Shrewsbury came from behind to beat Dagenham & Redbridge on Saturday, their fifth straight league win.

"I've scored a few but probably none better than that," added Mangan. "It was a fantastic strike. I probably could have taken a touch but it just sat up for me.

"We've got an absolutely fantastic squad and one that I think can compete in the level above.

"We work our bums off in training, every day. Everyone is really fighting to get out off this league."

Shrewsbury currently lie third in League Two, just two points behind leaders Wycombe.