Iconic striker Ryan Lowe has put pen to paper on a deal that will see him return to Gigg Lane for a third spell as player coach.
Ryan joins the club after leaving Crewe Alexandra, who he joined after leaving the club at the end of last season.
After playing at non-league level for Burscough, Ryan Lowe joined Shrewsbury Town for the 2000-01 season and spent five seasons at Gay Meadow, including a relegation to the Conference, before he joined Chester City for the first time. After only 12 months at the Deva Stadium he found himself at Crewe Alexandra where he enjoyed two good seasons before joining Stockport County on loan.
Ryan returned to the Deva Stadium and Chester City in time for the 2008-09 season and signed a two-year deal. His first season back in Chester brought relegation from the football league though, and despite finishing the campaign as top scorer and player of the season award, Lowe left Chester by mutual agreement.
Soon after his love affair with the Shakers started and he joined a new look Bury under the guidance of Alan Knill. Goals soon started to arrive freely and Lowe enjoyed his most successful stint with the Shakers with 52 goals from 100 games. Promotion soon followed as the Shakers finished runners up behind Chesterfield, with Lowe scoring the goal that won promotion for Bury.
During the campaign, Ryan also broke a club record that had stood for 53 years by scoring in nine consecutive games. His success at Bury brought a move to Sheffield Wednesday, but was on the move again after 12 months Joining MK Dons before Tranmere Rovers secured his services. Ryan returned to Gigg Lane in July 2014 signing a two-year deal, and once again gained another promotion medal with the Shakers.
Ryan left the Shakers at the end of last season having notched another 60 appearances for the club. It was during this period that he achieved a personal aim in scoring his 200th career goal. In total, Ryan has made 687 appearances, scoring 211 goals – 160 appearances and 70 goals whilst wearing a Shakers shirt.