Exclusive – Andy Mangan: “I’m fighting to get into the side.”

By Josh Roberts

Tranmere striker Andy Mangan says he is “fighting to get into the side” as Rovers’ search for promotion heats up with the campaign run in on the horizon.

Mangan has been a bit part player for the Super White’s this season but has certainly made an impact in terms of results for the Wirral side.

He popped up with a stoppage time equaliser verses Borehamwood at home and played a big part in Saturday’s comeback victory against Maidstone.

Despite being a useful option for Micky Mellon, Mangan found himself out on loan at AFC Fylde, a experience he is grateful for.

Andy Mangan vs Maidstone

Mangan coming off the bench to replace James Norwood against Maidstone

“I went on loan to get a couple of games, Dave Challinor [AFC Flyde Manager] did great for me, give me the opportunity to play, to get fit.

“Obviously I’ve come back to Tranmere now and I’m fighting to get into the side, be involved with the lads and the last couple of games I’ve done that,” said the 31-year old.

The Scouser’s reintroduction to the camp came back in January and since has seen Tranmere drop vital points to play-off rivals Wrexham and Macclesfield.

That, however, hasn’t stopped the mood from within the camp being a good one.

“It’s great. Apart from the draw against Wrexham and the defeat against Fylde I think we were the in-form team in Europe at one point so it’s flying.

“We’ve got some really big characters here, we’ve got jokers, we’ve got serious lads but when you’re everything seems to be going in one direction and you can see from the performances from the lads that we’re doing really well,” said Mangan.

The ‘jokers’ the former Shrewsbury man makes mention of could include himself.

We’ve seen first-hand Mangan is willing to a laugh and joke during gym sessions, but for him, there’s a good reason for his humour.

“Obviously I like having a laugh, I think it breeds confidence, I think it takes your mind off any negatives whatsoever.

“I think if you’ve got a camp that’s really happy, loving life, I think the football comes natural and comes easy.

“But don’t get me wrong, I’ll have a good time when I can but when I’m out on the training pitch or playing I’m serious. I think we’ve got a really good balance,” said the no.19.

While Mangan might not be an integral part of the squad on the pitch, his impact off the field is fantastic for Tranmere.

He is the type of character every workplace needs around.

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