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Can George Dobson fill Luke Young's shoes and lead Wrexham to new heights?

By now, Wrexham, without a doubt, is building an ace squad to prevail in the competitive EFL League One. Hours back, Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney signed their League One rival Charlton Atheltic’s captain George Dobson on a three-year deal. Before Dobson’s deal, the Red Dragons have notably secured the signs of goalie Arthur Okonkwo and defender Lewis Brunt. Welcoming Dobson, Wrexham coach Phil Parkinson not-so-subtly hinted that he could fill the leadership vacuum left in the team after Luke Young’s club exit.

Having closely eyed George Dobson for years, Phil Parkinson says it is paramount for Wrexham to have a player of his stature. “George is a great signing for us. He’s developed really well as a player and is someone we have known about for a while,” said Parkinson, via The Wrexham Insider. Thereafter, the Dragons coach lauded Dobson’s personality experience as Charlton Athletic’s former captain. “Leadership quality in the group is so important and George will certainly bring that,” the Wrexham boss added.


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Wrexham’s midfield is already brimming with high-class talent. It houses stars such as George Evans, Eliot Lee, James McClean, and now the veteran George Dobson. But the Dragons will surely miss Luke Young’s leadership and ace skills in its center. Young moved to League Two’s Cheltenham Town this summer after a staggering 226 appearances for the club. With Parkinson subtly preparing Dobson for the skipper’s job, Wrexham could soon compensate for Young’s absence. Moreover, Dobson is a fitting candidate for captaincy, considering his immense experience in the EFL League One.

Poll of the day

Who should be the next captain of Wrexham after Luke Young's departure?

George Dobson

Ben Tozer

Paul Mullin

Aaron Hayden

Dobson’s resume will impress Phil Parkinson to give him the armband

The EFL League One is a new avenue for most of Wrexham’s squad. But not for George Dobson. He even has experienced the competition in English Football’s second tier- the Championship as well. The 26-year-old has appeared in a staggering 265 matches in the EFL League One, across iconic clubs such as Sunderland, Walsall, Charlton, and Wimbledon. Moreover, he notably captained Charlton Athletic on 43 occasions in the last season. No wonder why Phil Parkinson spoke highly of Dobson’s leadership prowess.

Meanwhile, senior Wrexham stars such as Paul Mullin, James McClean, George Evans, and Elliot Lee are also pipped to be the next skipper in the post-Young era. They indeed know the Red Dragons’ dressing room better than Dobson. But it is not beyond Parkinson and others to prefer Dobson’s League One experience over Wrexham stars’ familiarity with the locker room. Wrexham begins their US tour on July 20th. Thereafter, on August 10, they kick off their coveted League One campaign after 18 years. By that time Parkinson will decide who will don the Dragons’ armband.