Iconic striker Ryan Lowe has put pen to paper on a deal that saw him return to Gigg Lane for a third spell as player coach. Ryan re-joined the club after leaving Crewe Alexandra, who he joined after leaving Bury at the end of the 2015-16 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 winning City’s Player of the Season award, Lowe left Chester by mutual agreement.
Soon after leaving the Deva Stadium his love affair with the Shakers started and he joined a new look Bury under the guidance of Alan Knill. Goals soon started to flow freely and Lowe enjoyed his most successful stint with the Shakers with 52 goals from 100 games. During the 2010-11 campaign, Ryan broke a 53 year-old club record by scoring in nine consecutive games and promotion to League One soon followed, as the Shakers finished runners up behind Chesterfield, with Lowe scoring a memorable goal, ironically against Chesterfield, which sealed promotion for Bury.
His success at Bury brought a move to Sheffield Wednesday, but he was on the move again, after 12 months, joining MK Dons for a short spell before moving to Tranmere Rovers.
Ryan returned to Gigg Lane, in July 2014, signing a two-year deal and, once again, the likeable Scouser gained another promotion medal with the Shakers at the end of the 2014-15 season.
Ryan left the Shakers at the end the 2015-16 season having notched another 60 appearances for the club and it was during this period that he achieved a personal aim in scoring his 200th career goal. In total, Ryan has, to date, made a total of 687 appearances, scoring 211 goals with 160 of those appearances made and 70 of those goals scored whilst wearing a Shakers shirt. Although Ryan has been retained as a player for the 2017-18 season, his season will mostly be spent concentrating on his coaching role within the club