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Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney pay Wrexham players obscene wages by National League standards as list emerges

Ryan Sidle

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Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney pay Wrexham players obscene wages by National League standards as list emerges

Some Wrexham players earn over four times the average for the National League, with Ryan Reynolds and Rob Mcelhenney desperate to get into the Football League.

Rarely have a non league club have had as much attention as Wrexham, perhaps other than when Salford FC were still below League Two.

The Welsh side were a league side until they finished bottom of the fourth tier back in 2009, and only survived dropping further down by the smallest of margins in the 2019/20 season.

Their popularity exploded in November 2020, with Hollywood actors Reynolds and Mcelhenney teaming up to buy the club, with the pair so invested in the side that the Deadpool star thought he was going to die in one match.

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The club are certainly going in the right direction and look likely for a record smashing promotion this season, currently sitting on 100 points, with six games to go.

They are three points clear of Notts County, with a game in hand, but do have to face the second place team, and they have huge motivation to go up.

Outside of wanting to be part of the 92 league clubs, the players are guaranteed a huge bonus if they manage to go up this season.

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And it's not the only place they get big financial advantages, with reports that Wrexham players earn huge money, comparatively with the rest of the division.

According to Sporting News, top striker Paul Mullin is paid £4,500-a-week, with the league's average sitting at 'just' £1,000-a-week.

That average is also bumped up by other players at the Racecourse Ground, with defensive pair Ben Tozer and Aaron Hayden reportedly picking up £3,000 every seven days.

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The Red Dragons have had to rely on big wage deals for some of the players, having signed them from clubs further up the football pyramid.

On top of which, the club have not paid out transfer fees on many of their players, with Ollie Palmer's £375,000 move from AFC Wimbledon the only fee Reynolds and Mcelhenney have paid out since the takeover.

The club recently brought Ben Foster out of retirement, to play for them until the end of the season, but the former Manchester United goalkeeper revealed he was being paid 'peanuts,' something one of the owners confirmed.

They will be hoping for a boost in their coffers this summer, when they take on Manchester United in a pre season friendly in the US, with ticket prices concerning some fans.

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: Football, Non-League, Wrexham

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