Mensah joins English League One club

The attacker has been announced as the latest acquisition of Bristol Rovers

English League One side Bristol Rovers have announced the signing of Ghanaian striker Bernard Mensah.

The 23-year-old, who shares same first and last names with Atletico Madrid's Ghana international on loan at Turkish outfit Kasimpasa, joins The Pirates from National League side Aldershot Town on an undisclosed fee.

"The manager really wanted to bring me here and he told me it's a massive club and a chance to play and prove myself at a higher level," Mensah told his new club's official website. 

"He said he's ready to work with me and make me a better player and that's what I want, to be a better individual and to help the team.

"There were a few clubs interested but once I heard Bristol Rovers was one of them I knew this is where I wanted to be.

"The gaffer at Aldershot played here a few years ago and told me the atmosphere and the fans are unreal.

"I played here myself as well about three years back and saw that from the fans too."

Mensah becomes Bristol's first signing in the January transfer window.

“I am delighted to welcome Bernard to Bristol Rovers," said, Pirates manager Darrell Clarke.

“He’s a young player who has done very well at Aldershot and I’m pleased to be able to welcome him to our squad. 

"I look forward to working with him and helping him develop further as a player.”

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A product of topflight side Watford, Mensah has also had past spells with Braintree Town, Barnet.

Uncapped at international level, Mensah trained with the Ghana squad ahead of a friendly game against Nigeria in 2011.