SUNDERLAND striker Mikael Mandron hopes to maximise his loan spell in League Two after joining promotion-chasing Shrewsbury Town on loan.
A host of League One and League Two sides have been chasing Mandron over the course of the campaign, yet it was Shrewsbury who persuaded Sunderland to sanction the frontman’s departure this week, with the 20-year-old moving to New Meadow until the end of the season.
Mandron spent a couple of months at League Two Fleetwood Town last season, but was limited to only four starts.
It’s a tally he needs to exceed this time for the benefit of his footballing education after playing regularly for Sunderland Under-21s over the last three seasons and making three first-team appearances from the bench - the latest coming three weeks ago in the defeat to Liverpool.
“It’s all about going there and getting some experience and playing as many games as possible,” said Mandron.
“I’ve been playing in the Under-21s for three years, which is a great league.
“And I been lucky enough to make an appearance in the Premier League this season against Liverpool too, which was a great experience.”
Shrewsbury had made an enquiry with Sunderland earlier this month over Mandron’s availability, but made a fresh approach this week - with the France-born forward forced into making a quick decision.
“I heard about it on Tuesday afternoon and they were asking me if I was interested and wanted to go,” he added.
“I hadn’t heard about it, so of course I was interested, but then I needed a bit of time to think.
“Half-an-hour after that, they said the manager wants to know now and I needed to make a decision.
“So I said ‘yeah, let’s go’.
“I got told the manager has been looking at me for a while, he knows my game and knows what I can do.
“When someone wants you for what you can do, then that’s great.”