Ryan Reynolds' true colours shown as private texts to Wrexham players made

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Hollywood stars Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney have earned plaudits for their hands-on approach with Wrexham AFC, including sending personal text messages to the players.

The celebrity pair have propelled Wrexham AFC to new heights, with the team poised to start the next season in League One after securing consecutive promotions from the National League and League Two. Their commitment to the club extends beyond financial investment, showing a deep emotional connection as they endeavour to ascend the football ladder.

One of their most notable achievements at the club is the signing of ex-Premier League player James McClean, who boasts 158 appearances in the top division with Sunderland and West Brom. Last season, the 35-year-old winger brought a vast array of experience to the Red Dragons, contributing to 17 goals across all competitions.

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McClean, who has represented the Republic of Ireland 104 times, has been part of numerous squads throughout his time in English football. However, while providing analysis for RTE during Euro 2024, he praised the co-owners for their direct involvement and relationship with the squad and individual players.

"They are pretty much well involved, two brilliant lads, no airs and graces, what you see is what you get, and they are quite involved," McClean remarked. "Even through text messages after games and that, they like to know what's going on on a daily basis, and they are involved a lot," reports the Mirror.

Wrexham's McClean, who joined the club last summer following their promotion to the Football League, has expressed his delight at being part of the team's journey. "It's a hard one to explain, because you kind of have to be in the environment to kind of understand it," he said.

"When people ask me, the best way I can describe it is that it's mad, but if it makes sense, it's a good mad. It's also not a gimmick, things are done very well. We have had two promotions back to back, and we have to back that claim up, but it's been really, really enjoyable."

The Red Dragons will discover their opening opponents for their third-tier campaign on June 26, when all Championship, League One and League Two fixtures are announced. The team will return to North America for pre-season training, with matches against Premier League teams Bournemouth and Chelsea in California next month.

"We have got two games in LA and one game in Canada, so it's something that I'm looking forward to," McClean shared. "Speaking to the lads that went last year on the pre-season trip, they said it was brilliant, a great experience, and they said that they were treated like movie stars - pardon the pun."