The experienced midfielder joined Rovers, on a contract until the end of the current season, on 7th January.
A veteran with four club promotions to his name, Lawrence had also enjoyed international football, winning 14 caps for the Republic of Ireland between 2009 and 2011, qualifying for them through his Kerry born grandfather.
He made his name initially at Mansfield, for whom he scored the 56th-minute winner against Rovers at The Mem in November 2001, played against the Gas in both fixtures of the 2003-04 campaign, and appeared alongside Craig Disley, another future Rovers midfielder.
His first appearance had come against Blackpool in the Football League Trophy in January 2000, a League bow following the next month in the home defeat to Halifax Town, and he enjoyed promotion from the basement division with the Stags in 2001/02, relegation the following campaign and a play- off berth in the spring of 2004. A high profile move to Sunderland led to two excellent goals in the 3-1 victory over Wolves in November 2004 and setting up several critical goals for former Rovers striker Marcus Stewart as promotion as champions to the Premier League was accomplished in 2004/05.
The Black Cats were relegated at the close of the 2005/06 season and he joined Stoke, initially on loan. Once again, promotion to the top flight was achieved in 2007/08, Lawrence being named Stoke’s Player of the Season and the Championship Player of the Season for good measure.
Having scored Stoke’s first home Premier League goal, an August 2008 penalty in a 3-2 victory over Aston Villa, he suffered the ignominy of requiring ankle surgery after tripping over his pet Labrador at home.
A spell at Pompey included two first-half strikes in a 6-1 victory over Leicester City in September 2010 and and he added a goal in Cardiff’s 1-0 victory over his future club Barnsley in April 2012.
August of that year saw Lawrence try his luck in Thessalonika, making his début in a 2-1 friendly win against Rapid Vienna and scoring with a magnificent volley against Aris Salonika in the Greek League in September 2012.
A short stint at Barnsley encompassed relegation from the Championship, although he scored in a 4-1 victory away to relegation rivals Yeovil Town, before he joined Shrewsbury as captain and he led them to promotion as League Two runners up in 2015.