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Wrexham AFC, its owners- Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney, its coaching staff, and its players have all gained the right to flex their muscles. A first consecutive promotion in the club’s 149-year history is undoubtedly something to flex about. After a stylish 6-0 win against Forest Green, Wrexham solidified its 3rd position in the League Two table and cruised to the EFL League One after a 19-year absence. Amid all this success, Wrexham boss Phil Parkinson, who engineered the back-to-back promotions, has his feet on the ground. Now, he wants his players to remain similarly grounded.

Parkinson unsurprisingly feels Wrexham’s promotion to League One is a far more significant leap than their promotion from the National League to League Two. Hence, the veteran boss plans to go the extra mile to help the Red Dragons thrive in a more competitive space.

Phil Parkinson reveals plans to prepare Wrexham for the ‘big test’

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Phil Parkinson spoke at length about carrying Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney’s side to League One in a recent interview. In a move to prepare the Dragons for the new league, Parkinson aims to make the best of the upcoming transfer window. But to get the mix right, he aims to focus on galvanizing the iconic squad he built over two years. I think League One is a bigger jump than going from National League to League Two, so we’ve got a big test this summer. We’ve got to maintain the spirit we’ve built over the last two years, but whilst always being honest–you’ve ‘Got to improve,” Phil Parkinson said, as compiled by The Wrexham Insider.

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Parkinson’s statements in this interview are indeed a call for the current Wrexham team to improve drastically and thrive in the face of fresh changes and challenges that await him in the new season. Well, changes and challenges will dawn on Wrexham stars before they kick-start their coveted League One campaign. This transfer window will see a plethora of activity from the Hollywood-backed Welsh side.

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Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney to oversee a busy transfer season

We’ve got to recruit well,” said Phil Parkinson while speaking about Wrexham’s forthcoming big test. Notably, these recruitments will not only cater to building a competent team to rival formidable opponents. These recruitments are also the need of the hour because seven Dragons stars, including the much-dependable Ben Tozer and James McClean, are free to leave the club this season. There’s a chance that these big names will walk out of the Racecourse Ground.

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Besides, several stars including Wrexham’s central figure, Paul Mullin, are turning 30 this year. Therefore, new signings are like oxygen for Rob and Ryan’s side to compete well on the testing grounds of League One. The club is reportedly eligible to spend north of $7 million on transfers this season. Given the vast improvements needed in the Dragons roster, it is highly likely that the Hollywood owners will splurge the full amount on the transfer market.

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Krishna Prasad is Soccer Writer at EssentiallySports. Unlike others, his journey as a sports enthusiast was not colored by soccer initially. The 2006 FIFA World Cup, however, changed his perspective, as the beautiful game took up a small space in his heart.
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Jacob Gijy