Shrewsbury Town have signed former Oldham Athletic midfielder Ousmane Fané on a free transfer.
The twenty-five-year-old has signed a one-year deal at the New Meadow with an option for a further year in Salop’s favour to boost manager Sam Rickett’s engine-room ranks.
Oldham released the Frenchman in the summer after three years at Boundary Park in which he made ninety-two appearances. He was a popular figure in the north-west and was one of the few players retained by the club upon their relegation to League Two in 2018, with the club exercising an option to extend his deal.
However, Fané broke his leg and dislocated his ankle in pre-season and missed the entirety of last year with the injury.
It would appear he is now back to full fitness and his signing sparked quite the response from Oldham fans on social media who were quick to assess their former defensive-midfielder for their Shrewsbury counterparts.
Judging by their reaction, Salop have signed a wholehearted player who may lack technical ability but makes up for it with a tremendous work rate.
Indeed, there is perhaps no higher compliment for any player than fans of a previous club saying they would take him back with no hesitation.
Here is a selection of responses to the signing by Latics fans on Twitter.
Cant pass a ball 5 yard and the touch of a baby elephant but an unbelievable engine and 100% commitment. Would have him back at oldham anyday
— Mark Forsyth (@markfoz87) December 3, 2019
#oafc I'm done with you lot. If i could divorce my team i would do 👎
— Ian Ward 🐝 (@ian_ward79) December 4, 2019
Bring back fane #oafc
— Dave (@Rusty_Barnacle) December 3, 2019
Superb Player👌🏻Run all day long 👌🏻👌🏻
— Glen Oldham (@OldhamGlen) December 3, 2019
You've got a good player there. Wish he was still at our club #oafc. He gives 100% every time .
— David Nestor (@bluenessie) December 3, 2019
You’ve got a grafter here @ChrisHawkinsUK – has a lot of fans in Oldham. Hope he does well for you.
— webdarren (@webdarren) December 3, 2019
— A-C Tyres (@actyres) December 3, 2019
Wasn’t a big fan of fane myself but the way the club has dealt with this just like ogrady is disgusting
— nathan (@nprice3) December 3, 2019
If he was in the championship he’d be the best tackler there tbh
— charlie (@charlieoafc4) December 3, 2019