Gillingham have completed the signing of striker Mikael Mandron. The attacking talent has re-signed for Gillingham on a free transfer after his Crewe Alexandra contract expiredlast month. Mandron has returned to his old hunting ground as a free agent.
Mandron, 27, returns to Gillingham where he scored six goals in 28 games during the 2019/20 season before the Covid-19 pandemic ended the season abruptly. The French striker scored 24 goals in 85 games for Crewe Alexandra in all competitions during his two-year spell at the club. Mandron was unable to save Crewe Alexandra from suffering demotion to League Two from League One at the end of last season.
In the first interview of his second Gillingham spell, Mandron told the club’s website that he’s buzzing to be back at Gillingham and he can’t wait to start playing for the club once again. His return to Gillingham on a free transfer was confirmed earlier this week. On Monday, it was announced thatMandron has returned to the League Two club in time for the new season.
Mandron started his career as a professional footballer at Sunderland nine years ago. He made three appearances for the Black Cats when he made his professional bow at the club before leaving to join the likes of Fleetwood Town, Shrewsbury Town and Hartlepool as a Sunderland loanee. The Frenchman left Sunderland to sign for Eastleigh in 2016. Mandron moved from Eastleigh to Wigan Athletic in January 2017 and then to Colchester United in the summer of 2017.
French attacker Mandron is the eighth summer signing at Gillingham. He has followed fellow striker Scott Kashket to the club from Crewe Alexandra. Kashket left Crewe Alexandra to sign for Gillingham last month. Gillingham will start their League Two campaign against AFC Wimbledon at Plough Lane on the last Saturday of the month.