COOK JOINS TRANMERE ON LOAN
Striker makes Tranmere loan switch
mansfieldtown.net, Fri 31 Jan 2020, 9.50pm
Mansfield Town striker Andy Cook has joined Tranmere Rovers on loan until the end of the season for an undisclosed fee.
The 29-year-old signed for the Stags last June from Walsall but has since been mainly utilised from the substitutes’ bench this season in Sky Bet League Two.
Manager Graham Coughlan said: “Cooky has found himself on the bench in the last few weeks and has had a stop-start season for Mansfield.
“He has wanted to pursue other avenues and when a League One club comes in for you it is a tough ask to keep someone.”
Coughlan told iFollow Stags:
"The way we play and the high pressing might have caused him a bit of an issue."
"But Cooky has been very professional in everything he said to me and I have a lot of time for him."
Coughlan told Radio Nottm:
"He's only gone on loan, so fingers crossed he comes back at the end of the season a better player and a fitter player."
"When players want to go, it's very difficult to keep them back against their will."
"I could have said no, but you just don't know where his head would be then."
Rovers return for Cook
Tranmere Rovers are delighted to announce that forward Andy Cook has returned to Prenton Park on loan from Mansfield Town until the end of the season for an undisclosed fee.
Cook, who scored 49 goals in 85 appearances during his first spell at Rovers, where he played a pivotal role in helping the Club earn promotion back to the EFL in 2018, is now back on the Wirral and in a white shirt.
He reunites with manager Micky Mellon and becomes the sixth January arrival following on from the signings of Peter Clarke, Alex Woodyard, James Vaughan, Luke McCullough and Morgan Feeney.
Bishop Auckland-born Cook, 29, will bolster Rovers’ attacking options in the second half of the Sky Bet League One campaign.
He is eligible to make his second Tranmere debut in next Tuesday night’s home game against Doncaster Rovers in front of the SWA.
On returning to Rovers, Cook said: “I’m buzzing to be back. As soon as I found out about the interest, I knew exactly what I wanted to do.
“I’m relieved and I can’t wait to get back playing at Tranmere and hopefully do what I did the last time I was there.
“The fans were good to me, everyone was good to me, so it was a no brainer to come back.
“I had an unbelievable time here and I don’t think I could have let this opportunity go. I’m so happy I’ve sorted it."
“I know the chairman and the manager, and a few of the players, so it has made things so much easier for me.”
Cook, who is eligible to pull on a TRFC shirt next Tuesday night when they host Doncaster Rovers in Sky Bet League One, says he has one target in mind.
He added: “It will be easier for me to get straight back in with all of the lads, so things like that played a part with the amount of people that I do know at the Club.
"I just want to come and push Tranmere up the league, score some goals and get them out of the relegation zone."
Reacting to the loan move, Mellon added: “It’s terrific to have a player back that we know very well, and we know what he is capable of.
“We all know that he loves Tranmere and the opportunity came to get him back, so I’m really pleased he’s in the door and now we’ll have different attacking options that we probably need.
“It should really strengthen the group and add to the threat at the top end of the pitch.
“He is a different attacking option, and when you put the ball in the box, you know what a threat he is, and he knows where the goal is.
“It’s a great signing for ourselves as coaching staff, but it also gives the fans a lift as he’s a player they all know and are very fond of, so it is an all round good signing for us and we’re looking forward to getting him back on the pitch representing Tranmere.”
Welcome back to Tranmere Rovers, Andy!
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