Ryan Reynolds could now target Premier League stars for Wrexham

Wrexham co-chairmen Rob McElhenney (left) and Ryan Reynolds
Wrexham co-chairmen Rob McElhenney (left) and Ryan Reynolds -Credit:Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Wrexham could well attract Premier League stars to the club this summer, as they bid to strengthen their squad following promotion to League One.

That's the verdict of football finance expert Dr Rob Wilson, who believes Phil Parkinson's side could prove an attractive destination for top flight players that are perhaps looking for one last major contract.

The Dragons confirmed their return to the third tier of English football with a thumping 6-0 win over Forest Green Rovers on Saturday, and attention will soon turn to what will surely be a busy summer window.

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Arsenal goalkeeper Arthur Okonkwo, out of contract this summer, is clearly a target, while several former Premier League stars have already climbed aboard the bandwagon, including James McClean and Steven Fletcher, while former Manchester United goalkeeper Ben Foster was a key part of the side that won promotion from the National League this time last year.

Speaking to BonusCodeBets, Dr Wilson believes it's a trend we could well see more of over the coming months.

"Wrexham could target Premier League players when they’re in League One, especially players that are nearing retirement, but it will come down to Profit and Sustainability Rules," he said.

"In the same way that Ronaldo has moved to Saudi and the Saudi Pro League to try and boost the brand there, top level Championship, lower level Premier League players that are perhaps searching for that last contract that could benefit their profile, like Ben Foster.

"There's absolutely an opportunity for those sorts of players to go in there whether they can deliver because it's really competitive in those divisions."

Changes off the field could well be just as important, with a revamp of the club's iconic Racecourse Ground home one of the most pressing areas ripe for improvement.

"A new stadium will be a necessity for Wrexham the higher they climb up the football league, even though they have just increased their capacity over 15,000.

"But you don't go from a 15,000 seater stadium to a 40,000 seater stadium overnight. It costs a huge amount of money and requires a massive amount of financing notwithstanding all of the permissions that you need in and around the area to to develop.

"It would be fascinating to know from the owners where their ceiling is actually, because it does reach a point of no return from small finance that you can get a bigger return on your investment to stuff you’re not going to get your money back on."

Wrexham play their penultimate game in League Two this weekend, travelling to Crewe Alexandra. Kick-off is 3pm