8 Years Before Joining Ryan Reynolds’ Wrexham, 36YO Ex-Premier League Striker Ditched $324,000 Supercar Just to Please Fans

Published 09/11/2023, 1:46 AM EDT

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After fumbling Luke Armstrong’s deal on deadline day, Wrexham were left in a spot of bother as their attacking prowess looked toothless. With Paul Mullin’s injury recovery taking time, a quality striker signing was the need of the hour. However, with their latest signing, the Red Dragons finally found the perfect match. Apart from banging in goals, the veteran striker loves his fans equally. In fact, the 36-year-old ex-Premier League striker once binned his $324,400 supercar since fans were unhappy with it.

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Back in 2015, Steven Fletcher appeared in a photograph that offended Sunderland fans. However, Fletcher being the man he is decided to prioritise his supporters’ happiness over his. Hence he decided to ditch the root cause of their suffering. The root cause of their suffering however was his supercar.

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8 years ago, Steven Fletcher was a key component at Sunderland. Fletcher back then was a constant attacking threat for the Black Cats in the previous season making him a fan favourite. However, in the 2015-2016 season, Sunderland performed well below their expectations.

The club was languishing at the bottom of the table which is when Fletcher’s photograph with his $324,400 supercar went viral. Fans of the club were visibly upset with Fletcher as they saw his latest purchase and flexing at this point of the season as offensive. Fletcher was hence subjected to trolls and abuse from his own fans.

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Fletcher hence in a moment of madness decided to sell off his Lamborghini Aventador for a modest 4×4. The striker did so to win over his fans and he definitely did. When asked a year later if he regretted ditching his supercar, he said no with the utmost confidence.

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All said and done, Fletcher seems to be the perfect profile for a club like Wrexham. The veteran striker is the perfect balance of on-field leadership and goals along with off-field charisma. Coach Phil Parkinson agreed the same.

Wrexham coach Phil Parkinson is ecstatic with his latest signing

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After the heartbreak at midnight, not many expected Wrexham to bounce back with a top signing. Luckily for Phil Parkinson, his team management didn’t disappoint as they gave him the perfect backup for Paul Mullin. “I’m really pleased with the addition of Steve to the squad. He’s missed football through pre-season but he’s trained today with the lads and it’s good to have him on board,” shared the gaffer post-Fletcher’s arrival.

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Over the 19 years of his playing career, Fletcher has scored a whopping 184 goals which speaks a lot about his pedigree. Moreover, he has also had large stints in the Premier League and Championship making him a quality signing for a League 2 side like Wrexham. “His pedigree speaks for itself, and he’s played most of his career at a very high level. He’s an excellent professional and that’s really important to fit in with the group here,” agreed Parkinson with excitement in his tone.

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Suresh Menon is a soccer writer at EssentiallySports with over 400 articles to his name. Being an ace defender back in his school days, Suresh grew up admiring the famed ‘BBC’ of Juventus which is why the Italian club is his favorite. His love for soccer from an early age combined with his flair for communication is the reason why he decided to pursue sports journalism at ES.
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