CHAD STAGS POLL: Would you welcome Liam Lawrence back to Mansfield Town?

Liam Lawrence celebrates making the 2003/04 play-off finals with Stags boss Keith Curle.
Liam Lawrence celebrates making the 2003/04 play-off finals with Stags boss Keith Curle.

As the January transfer rumour mill gets into full swing, one of the most fascinating is the suggestion that former Mansfield Town hero Liam Lawrence could be set for a return to One Call Stadium from Shrewsbury Town.

So, if that were to come true, do you think that would be a great move by the club, or do you think Lawrence is past his best and the club should look elsewhere?

Let us know by clicking HERE to vote in our Chad poll.

Speculation is that the 34-year-old Shrews captain is set to be released this month to return to Mansfield as a player-coach.

Lawrence is out of contract in the summer and made the last of his 10 league starts this season way back on October 31 at Port Vale.

His boss Micky Mellon did little to quell the Mansfield rumours when he told the Shropshire Star: “I haven’t heard that and if that comes up, we’ll speak about it and do the best for everyone, because I’ve got a brilliant relationship with Liam.”

Lawrence dazzled his way up through the club ranks and made his debut for the Stags in 2000.

He went on the help the club to a promotion, see them relegated again and then help them to a play-off final in which he missed a spot kick in the losing penalty shoot-out at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium.

Always destined to play the top, the gifted midfielder helped both Sunderland and Stoke City into the Premier League and also enjoyed spells with Portsmouth, Cardiff City, Greek club PAOK and Barnsley before moving to Shrewsbury Town in 2014, helping them to promotion.

He also won 15 caps with the Republic of Ireland, scoring twice.

There are plenty of pertinent questions now if the rumours prove to have any foundation.

Lawrence will have lost his pace but could he run a game from deeper in midfield better than Chris Clements or Adam Chapman?

Could the club meet the wages he can probably still demand?

Could he be the man to finally pick out the passes that will get Matt Green and Co scoring regularly again?

Is he just past his best and would the club be better looking elsewhere?

Would signing Lawrence boost home gates?

What do you think? Let us know via sport@chad.co.uk.