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Wrexham complete first piece of summer business as ex-Premier League star agrees deal

Wrexham complete first piece of summer business as ex-Premier League star agrees deal

Wrexham are busy preparing for life back in the third tier of English football.

Wrexham have announced their first deal of the summer transfer window ahead of their return to League One.

The Red Dragons secured their consecutive promotion under the ownership of Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney in April.

That means Phil Parkinson's side will play third division football this season for the first time since the 2004/05 campaign.

Last summer's window was reasonably quiet in terms of the number of incomings, although experienced players such as James McClean, George Evans and Ben Foster all signed deals.

Wrexham's key priority was to bring in a new striker, but they saw an attempt to sign Harrogate striker Luke Armstrong for a club-record fee on deadline day foiled by the EFL due to not submitting paperwork in time.

They eventually settled on the signing of free agent Steven Fletcher, who scored 63 Premier League goals across spells with Burnley, Wolves and Sunderland.

Now 37, the Scotland striker provided an invaluable option both as a starter and off the bench, and netted eight goals in 33 League Two games last term.

Now, Wrexham have confirmed that Fletcher has agreed to sign a new one-year contract to stay at the Racecourse Ground, with his previous deal due to expire on June 30.

The Scot was part of the club's initial retained list released last month, as the Welsh club had offered him fresh terms to stay put.

Steven Fletcher celebrates promotion from League Two with Wrexham team-mate Elliot Lee (

In a short statement on the club's official website, Fletcher said: "I'm delighted to have signed another year, and I'm really looking forward to the season ahead."

Wrexham are yet to sign a new player on permanent terms this summer, although The Portsmouth News claim that they have been in talks with Wales international midfielder Joe Morrell.

The 27-year-old played a key role in Portsmouth's League One-winning campaign last season, featuring in all bar one of the games he was available for before January.

However, he suffered a season-ending knee injury against Oxford in the same month.

Morrell was named on Portsmouth's retained list, but Pompey did not take up their 12-month option to keep the midfielder at Fratton Park next season.

They have instead opened talks over a fresh contract with the Welshman - but his failure to sign new terms as of yet means other clubs, such as Wrexham, can also enter negotiations.

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Topics: Wrexham, League One, Ryan Reynolds, Rob McElhenney, Football, Transfers