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Wrexham manager Phil Parkinson has reiterated to owners Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney that his squad will need some added quality this summer – even if major changes are not required. The Reds earned promotion from the National League for the first time in 15 years following a record-breaking season in which they scored 111 points to win the title.
The club are currently assessing who will stay and leave and Parkinson has already held talks with the board advisor Shaun Harvey, before announcing who will be offered new deals in due course. As they look ahead to what is set to be an exciting season, Parkinson is happy with his squad, but is also keen to see how it can be bolstered and the club’s Hollywood owners may need to splash some cash ahead of their reutn to League Two.
“We have had preliminary discussions and we are just assessing everything,” said the Reds’ boss. “We are going to take our time and made all the right decisions in terms of who is staying and who is going, and then see if we can improve what is already a very good squad.
“We will assess everything and keep all the good players we have got, and add a little bit of quality as the summer progresses.”
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Parkinson made similar comments in the immediate aftermath of Wrexham’s promotion. Whilst their shrewd business so far always had one eye on the next step, it is clear he believes there will need to be some more investment.
There is plenty of experience in the Wrexham squad with players such as Elliot Lee, Ollie Palmer and James Jones having already played in League Two. This will be a key component of Wrexham’s challenge in the fourth tier of English football and Parkinson is looking forward to seeing his players test themselves at a higher level.
“As we have said all along, the aim was to build a squad which would grow with the club,” he said. “I feel we have got players who are ready for the next level. Of course, a lot of them have played at this level and above. There’s a few who haven’t but I feel they have got the potential to step up.”
Wrexham will be joined by either Notts County or Chesterfield in League Two as they battle for the promotion place in the National League Playoff Final on Saturday.
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In an interview with talkSPORT, Wrexham captain Ben Tozer revealed McElhenney and Reynolds will be in attendance at Wembley Stadium for the final in an incredible show of support for Notts County, who pushed Wrexham all the way in a titanic title race and battle for automatic promotion.
“I know a few of lads who play for both teams actually. I might be going to the game on Saturday,” he said. “We are genuinely all rooting for Notts County because of the way they pushed us this season and we think they’re the ones who deserve it.”
“We are rooting for Notts County,” Canadian superstar Reynolds said. “We want to see them go up to League Two and face them next year. They’re incredible.”
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