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Phil Parkinson expressed great enthusiasm about one of his Wrexham players following a recent development.

While many clubs experience a quiet period between the end of the season and the opening of the transfer window, Wrexham is an exception.

Two weeks ago, Wrexham revealed their list of released and retained players, which included captain Luke Young and long-serving defender Ben Tozer, among six others.

Phil Parkinson acknowledged that parting ways with such esteemed players was challenging but hoped they would excel elsewhere, given he couldn’t assure them regular playing time.

During this phase, Rob McElhenney and Ryan Reynolds extended contract offers to some first-team players, proposing a new deal to veteran striker Steven Fletcher and triggering James McClean’s extension.

Wrexham’s acquisition of McClean last summer stood out as one of the top signings made by any League Two club during the transfer window.

The 35-year-old joined from Wigan Athletic, who had recently been relegated from the Championship.

Similar to many players who join Wrexham, McClean was drawn to the project led by McElhenney and Reynolds, and his performances showcased his versatile skills on the field.

Whether operating as a left wing-back or central midfielder, the adaptable Irishman played a pivotal role in Parkinson’s promotion-winning team. Parkinson commended McClean, stating, “I am delighted that James’ extension has been activated. He is a crucial player for us and has proven to be an outstanding signing with his all-round contributions.”

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