HALIFAX TOWN proudly revealed the capture of former Partick Thistle striker Lewis Mansell on a short-term loan on Thursday afternoon - but were left red-faced after gushing about their new recruit in the accompanying announcement.

The National League outfit revealed they had signed the 23-year-old via a statement on the club's website, where they included the fact that Mansell had been voted into the Scottish Championship team of the season - without realising that the forward's inclusion was a JOKE.

The Accrington Stanley forward bagged two goals in 22 games for the Jags last term before being released at the end of the season, and largely underwhelmed during his time at Firhill.

But when the SPFL asked supporters to vote for their Championship team of the year on Twitter last summer, the ballot was quickly hijacked by Thistle fans determined to include Mansell.

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That campaign proved successful as Mansell garnered more votes than any other forward in Scotland's second tier - even more than Dundee United's Lawrence Shankland, who scored 24 goals in 26 league outings last term.

Within that context, it would be a bit of a stretch to seriously claim Mansell was one of the Championship's star performers last season - but that didn't stop Halifax doing precisely that.

A statement on the club's website read: "FC Halifax Town have signed 23-year-old striker Lewis Mansell on a month’s loan from Accrington Stanley.

"He started his career with Blackburn Rovers and has had loan spells with FC United of Manchester and Partick Thistle before moving to them on a permanent deal north of the border in the summer of 2019 and was voted into the 2019-20 Scottish Championship team of the season.

"Mansell joined Accrington in November 2020 and made his debut against Barrow in the EFL Trophy and scored in the game.

"He will wear squad number 34. We wish him well during his time with the club."