Akpa Akpro Joins Shrewsbury
Manager Micky Mellon's additions to the squad continue with the news that we have signed former Tranmere Rovers striker/wide player Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro.
The 29 year old was released by his former club over the summer, and the French born forward began life at Toulouse back in 2003. After a four year stay with them he moved onto Belgian side FC Brussels for 12 months before moving to England and starting Football League life with Grimsby Town. After two years there he made the move to Rochdale who were in League One at the point, and he spent another two years with them.
His last move, back in 2012 took him to Tranmere, and last season he spent the second half of the year out on loan with Bury.
He comes to us having made 150 starting appearances across all competitions in this country, with a further 64 from the bench and he has a goal return of 30 strikes.
Speaking to the Official Site after signing his deal, Akpa Akpro said.
'I'm happy to be here and have a new challenge. After meeting the manager, I had a good feeling and decided to come here. I could see he wanted me and he knew how he wanted to use me. My strength is attacking but in a team you have to defend, so I will try to bring everything to the team.'
Mellon said himself of the capture.
'I'm delighted to get him on board after some fantastic work by Matt Williams and the chairman. He's the type of striker I was looking for to compliment the terrific players who we already have. He's athletic, can play in a number of positions across the front line and is a player I've always felt would fit into the way I want to do things here.'
Mellon goes on to say that he is also a player that he has been following for a number of years, so he knows him well in terms of what he can bring to the pitch so it's just a case of getting him into the group now so he can settle, and then getting him up to scratch fitness wise as obviously he's a few days behind the others.