“Callum McFadzean now reveals what Phil Parkinson privately told him after his departure from Wrexham.”

They not only face tough competition from prominent clubs like Huddersfield and Birmingham City, but Phil Parkinson also faces significant decisions. As he scouts potential players during the transfer window, he has already missed out on recruits like Wigan’s Jason Kerr and former Derby County midfielder Conor Hourihane. Additionally, the 56-year-old manager has had to let go of some players. While the releases of Luke Young, Ben Tozer, and Aaron Hayden grabbed headlines, Callum McFadzean’s departure went relatively unnoticed. The 30-year-old defender was also released at the end of his contract and is currently looking for his next challenge. Callum McFadzean discloses the private conversation he had with Phil Parkinson. McFadzean, who joined from Crewe Alexandra in January 2022, enjoyed regular playing time under Parkinson’s management.

The Scottish veteran accumulated 42 appearances over two National League seasons, notably featuring in 27 matches during the 2022/23 campaign, contributing to Wrexham’s promotion to League Two. Unfortunately, McFadzean underwent a hernia operation last summer, sidelining him from the 22-man squad selected by Parkinson, with Jacob Mendy and James McClean assuming roles on the left wing-back position.

However, McFadzean’s fortunes changed when he was reinstated into the squad in January, making two substitute appearances towards the end of the season, aiding in victories against Grimsby and Crewe. Despite his limited playing time, McFadzean departed the Racecourse Ground with appreciation for Parkinson, who acknowledged his commendable efforts and acknowledged his unfortunate omission.

Although McFadzean’s departure may seem justified due to his minimal involvement in League Two matches and fierce competition, his consistent dedication and commitment on the pitch never wavered, earning him respect. While he seeks his next opportunity, McFadzean’s admirable work ethic and professionalism should serve him well as he embarks on the next chapter of his career.

Despite his limited appearances, McFadzean departed the Racecourse Ground on a positive note, expressing gratitude towards Parkinson. In an interview with The Leader, McFadzean revealed that Parkinson praised his contributions behind the scenes and in training, acknowledging his efforts in maintaining high standards, which led to his inclusion in the 22-man squad once again. Despite being omitted from the lineup, McFadzean understood Parkinson’s decisions and appreciated being part of the promotion push towards the end of the season.

Regarding the decision to release McFadzean, it was deemed appropriate given his scarce playing time in League Two. Despite his commendable attributes, the club faced stiff competition, and carrying passengers into League One was not feasible.

With strong competition from Mendy and McClean, he was never getting any minutes and as Wrexham make the step up to League One, they can ill-afford to carry passengers.

McFadzean should have no trouble finding a club in League Two or the National League having made over a century of appearances for the likes of Bury, Sunderland and Plymouth in the football league.

Although not the most talented, he’s never let Parkinson down in terms of effort, always giving 100% on the pitch and never complaining when he’s left out.

Those attributes will stand him in good stead as he looks for his next chapter, in what he hopes will be as successful as the last.

Wrexham faces a crucial summer recruitment period, and Phil Parkinson aims to secure a “brilliant” forward to complement Paul Mullin. The club’s profile has soared in recent years, buoyed by the ownership takeover by Rob McElhenney and Ryan Reynolds, translating into on-field success. With promotion to League One achieved, Parkinson, 56, is strategizing for the upcoming transfer window.

While Wrexham boasts several forwards, Parkinson recognizes the need for a fresh striker to partner Mullin effectively. Despite having Steven Fletcher, Ollie Palmer, and Jack Marriott on the roster, Parkinson seeks a standout addition. Additionally, players like Sam Dalby, Jake Bickerstaff, and Billy Waters may require loan moves or transfers to facilitate squad optimization.

Which strikers have Wrexham been linked to so far?

Wrexham have been linked to several strikers so far and the window doesn’t open until June 14th.

Released Wigan Athletic strikers, Josh Magennis and Stephen Humphrys have popped onto their radars while Notts County’s Macaulay Langstaff and Loughgall prodigy Benji Magee have been of interest.  It points towards a promising summer at the Racecourse Ground as Parkinson looks to address the lack of firepower to support Mullin, with one name perhaps being of help in that regard.

Wrexham should snap up Billy Bodin on a free transfer

Billy Bodin is a well-known Welsh striker who has played in the EFL for well over a decade at clubs such as Bristol Rovers, Preston North End and Swindon Town.

Now aged 32, Bodin’s most recent spell was at Oxford United where he spent three seasons at the club and posted 39 goal contributions, wrapping up a successful stint with promotion to the Championship.

Unfortunately, the forward was released at the end of his contract at Oxford with the U’s building for the second tier, which should pique the interests of several League One sides, including Wrexham.

An experienced striker in the third tier with 151 appearances under his belt, the former Wales international would be a superb option for Parkinson to pick up on a free for more than just his experience.

The “brilliant” Bodin is extremely versatile, showcasing his capabilities to play on the left or right flank as well as centrally, and while Parkinson doesn’t use a formation with wingers, the signing of the ex-Preston forward would give him that option.

There may come a time next season when the 5-3-2 system becomes a bit stale as teams in League One figure it out. He could have the option to adapt to a formation with wingers by signing the Welshman to play on the right as James McClean can play on the opposite flank.

In the current market, there are several experienced strikers available on a free transfer and Bodin – who has scored 80 career goals – is one worth picking up.

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