FORMER Swindon Town striker Nicky Ajose has been snapped up by promotion chasing Mansfield Town on a loan deal lasting until the end of the season.

Stags boss David Flitcroft – who departed the County Ground in favour of a move to Field Mill in February last year – has secured the services of the 27-year-old striker, who enjoyed three successful spells at the County Ground.

Ajose first joined Swindon in 2013 on loan from Peterborough, scoring six goals from 16 appearances.

Two years later, he signed from Championship club Leeds United on a permanent deal before he was snapped up by Charlton in 2016.

The Bury-born target man then completed his third stint with Swindon in 2017, appearing 15 times under Luke Williams.

Flitcroft told the Stags’ official club website: “Nicky could’ve been in and out of a League One team who are going for promotion and so the hunger and desire he has shown to come to us is what has most impressed me.

“He wants to come here, make games and score goals. His quality in his finishing, intelligence in and around the pitch and movement is fantastic.

“He is a player who can link well with current players in our squad. We have an excellent environment which Nicky will thrive in here.

“Nicky is a proven goal scorer with nearly 100 goals on his CV at only 27. His qualities will suit the way we play, and the number of quality chances that the team creates.”