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We are not leading Wrexham’s transfer plans, say Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney

Wrexham manager Phil Parkinson will take the lead on any new transfers as the club prepares for life in the English Football League, according to co-owners Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney.

Parkinson’s side produced a fitting Hollywood finish to their Vanarama National League promotion bid by securing the title to end a 15-year exile.

Both Reynolds and McElhenney were at the Racecourse Ground for the win over Boreham Wood last month, joining the post-match celebrations among the cheering fans on the pitch.

Wrexham is scheduled for a bus parade on Tuesday night to mark the club’s achievements, but the focus is already on plans for next season and life on Sky Bet League Two.

While there has been a tongue-in-cheek offer for former Wales captain Gareth Bale to sign on, it will be up to Parkinson to advise celebrity owners on what realistic reinforcements are likely to be needed.

Asked about the club’s transfer plans for the summer window in an interview for S4C, which will air on Tuesday, McElhenney said: “We defer Phil.

“We are actively talking about it right now. I know for a fact that you feel we have a very strong side.

If Phil says we need someone else, we’ll do our best to go find him.

Rob McElhenney

“No decision we have made in the last two years has not taken into account the future, so we never made a short-term decision.

“Any player that we have signed, we have signed a contract of at least three years, except one (goalkeeper Ben Foster).

“He’s the guy we’re going to work with, but other than that I think we have a very strong side.

“If Phil says we need someone else, we’ll do everything we can to go find them.”

Although McElhenney insisted there was “seriousness on our part” about trying to sign Bale, the former Tottenham and Real Madrid striker has already ruled out the idea of ​​coming out of retirement.

Reynolds added: “I’m also weirdly happy that he’s doing exactly what he wants to do with his life, because he’s given up a lot for a sport he loves, but it’s fun.

“I like that we can do some things that are a little out of the ordinary when it comes to goofing around.”

Reynolds and McElhenney have reportedly already spent over £10m reshaping the club from top to bottom.

In addition to strengthening the playing team, there has also been significant investment in infrastructure, including in the stadium.

“I don’t think we’re necessarily worried about losing money as much as we are about making the club sustainable, that was always our intention,” said American actor McElhenney.

“It’s interesting to see a lot of the media speaking out about our annual report last year, because it’s not taking so many different things into account.

“We are not responding because we know what the truth is, which is that the club is certainly on its way to becoming sustainable and that is our goal.”

Deadpool star Reynolds also stressed that Wrexham’s long-term future would always remain front and center.

“Ultimately, like any business, you want it to be able to perpetuate itself and continue to grow. You don’t want to lose money, but I also don’t think any of us are in it to make money,” he said.

“It’s simply about growing the best club possible and finding value anywhere we can find value, whether financial or emotional, can sometimes be indistinguishable.”

Reynolds added: “At the end of the day, you can count on us to do what’s best for the club and the community, but often the two are the same.”



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