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33. Andy COOK

On loan from Mansfield Town

Position: Forward

Signed (From): 2020 (Mansfield Town)

Debut: vs. Bromley (06/08/16)

Former Clubs: Mansfield Town, Walsall, Tranmere, Barrow, Grimsby Town, Workington (loan), Carlisle United

TRFC Achievements: National League Play-off Finalist 2016-17, Top Scorer 2016-17 (23 goals), Player of the Season 2016-17, Players' Player of the Season 2016-17, Official Supporters' Club Player of the Season 2016-17, National League Play-off Winner 2017-18, Top Scorer 2017-18 (26 goals), National League Team of the Season 2017-18, Player of the Season 2017-18, Players' Player of the Season 2017-18, Goal of the Season 2017-18

A youth scholar with Carlisle United, Andy was prolific from a very early age. In his 2 years at Brunton Park, Cook scored a combined 59 goals for the youth and reserve sides. Unsurprisingly his exploits were rewarded with a professional contract, but he failed to make a single first team appearance, instead representing Workington and Barrow on loan, twice at each club respectively. His loans at Barrow were sufficient to earn a full transfer to Holker Street, signing a two-and-a-half-year deal in January 2010.

An uncharacteristic 1-goal season followed in 2010-11 before Andy was back on a familiar path in 2011-12, finishing Barrow's top scorer with 17 goals in 39 appearances and capturing the attention of Grimsby Town, where he moved for an undisclosed fee in June 2012.

A 16-goal season, two successive play-off semi-finals and a call-up to the England 'C' team in 2013 were not enough for an extension at Blundell Park and Cook returned to Barrow in the summer of 2014. It was to prove a fruitful reunion, with Cook scoring 24 goals in the 2015-16 term, finishing third in the National League scoring charts.

In the summer of 2016, Cook signed a 2-year contract with Tranmere, making an immediate impact at the Club, scoring on his home debut against former club Barrow on 9th August 2016.

He ended his debut campaign as the Club's top scorer, with 23 goals in 44 appearances for the Prenton Park outfit in their journey to the 2017 National League Play-off final. Such was his impact, he received the Player of the Season, Players' Player of the Season and Official Supporters' Club Player of the Season awards for 2016-17.

Andy had an even greater influence over the following season, scoring 26 goals, including the opening goal in the 2018 National League Play-off final as Rovers finally returned to the EFL after a 3-year absence. Andy finished the season as the National League top scorer and was named in the National League Team of the Season 2017-18. He also won the Players' Player of the Season, Player of the Season and Goal of the Season awards for 2017-18.

Quite simply, Andy Cook is a Tranmere icon. Alongside his fellow Wembley Warriors, he elevated the Club back into the EFL, finally bringing silverware to Prenton Park after a 27-year wait. He was top scorer in both of his initial seasons at the Club, made two trips to Wembley, picked up six individual awards and held a goals-per-game ratio of better than 1 in 2. An unbelievable servant for Tranmere in just two short years, Andy joined Walsall in League One in the summer of 2018.

Whilst at the Bescot, Cook played 50 times during 2018-19, scoring 18 goals, including on his EFL debut in a 2-1 victory over Plymouth Argyle. Despite such an incredible return for a player making a 2-division jump, Andy could not help Walsall avoid relegation to League Two at the end of the 2018-19 term.

With an impressive personal tally, Cook earned a transfer to fellow League Two club Mansfield Town, signing for the Stags for an undisclosed fee on 21st June 2019. In the first half of the 2019-20 season, Andy scored 7 goals in 28 games, although he started just 15 of those matches.

With Tranmere struggling in the League One relegation zone, Micky Mellon brought the Rovers icon back to Prenton Park on loan, Cook returning to the SWA fold on 31st January 2020 on a deal until the end of the 2019-20 campaign.

Interesting Fact: Andy scored 20+ goals in three successive seasons between 2016 and 2018, shared between his spells at Barrow and Tranmere.