Rumours Raining on Racecourse!

This is Cymro_Cymraeg’s first column for Wrexhamfan. Its purpose is to round up all the latest news from around the football club and get you readers excited for next season!

rumours raining on racecourse

With Euro 2016 fast approaching, four former Wrexham players have been selected for their respective countries.

Neil Taylor, Danny Ward and Joe Allen have been selected for Wales by Chris Coleman, while Republic of Ireland forward Jon Walters is in their 23-man squad.

Taylor made 75 appearances for Wrexham, with Ward also being a Dragons youth product while Liverpool’s Allen scored once in two loan appearances.

Stoke’s Walters meanwhile scored 5 goals in 38 matches for the Reds during the 2005-2006 season.

In the meantime, Roy Hodgson and his England side will anticipate facing Wales in the group stages, led by their captain Wayne Rooney.

His brother, John is currently amid speculation linking him with a move to the Racecourse Ground, but however has previously rubbished the rumours.

He is one of three players linked with moves to the Racecourse Ground.

Poll results on ‘Non-League Rumours’ suggest Rooney is to stay at the Deva Stadium, Chester leading the race on 35% compared to Wrexham’s 30%.

17% decided that Tranmere Rovers would be the destination of his desired signature, while 18% thought he would find a different club.

Rooney, 25, spent his youth career at Everton and Macclesfield, before moving across the Atlantic Ocean to the United States for 2 years.

There, he spent time with New York City Red Bulls and Orlando City, appearing 17 times while scoring 5 goals.

He moved on to Bury and Barnsley later, before a loan spell at Chester turned permanent.

Since his move to the US, he has made 136 appearances whilst scoring 31 goals – 10 of them last season for Chester as he recorded a goalscoring ratio of a goal every 4.1 games. Wrexham’s best last season was James Gray with 3.8.

At the moment, it looks like Wrexham are pursuing the signature of giant striker Matt Rhead after the 32-year-old handed a transfer request at Lincoln City for personal reasons, which new boss Danny Cowley reluctantly accepted.

Nevertheless, Barrow are the favourites to sign him; but Cowley believes more interest will come when his status on the transfer market becomes recognized.

Despite this, the Imps are still hoping that they can persuade the striker to remain at the club.

If Wrexham manage to sign the number nine, we will have a driving force upfront, with his current goalscoring form a goal every just under 2 games.

These results come after scoring a whooping 23 goals in 41 appearances last season, following a title-winning spell at Mansfield Town; his first full-time club after turning professional from his key role at JCB.

Another one speculated is Jordan Lussey, 21, a bright midfielder who formerly is a Liverpool youth product.

He has been released by Bolton after an unsuccessful spell, but played 68 minutes against Accrington on loan at York City last season.

 

He would become the third youngster to join the Dragons after Khaellem Bailey Nicholls and Callum Powell.

This comes after Gary Mills released so many young stars on ‘D-Day’. Meanwhile, a change of tactics might appear for next season.

Rhead is a physical striker, Jordan White looks quite powerful and Bailey-Nicholls describes himself as ‘strong’.

In my opinion, physicality and the ability to bully other teams was what Wrexham lacked last season – the defeat against Dover a good example and reflection of that.

However, this comes after he released Gray who also enjoys a physical battle, while homegrown youngster Joe Williams looks like he has a powerful approach too.

My belief is homegrown talent is what is needed at any football club, especially in non-league.

Gray is much more experienced than Bailey-Nicholls, and Williams also has a senior-team calibre too.

Also, Rob Evans and Kai Edwards are currently the only local two that we’ve got, also the only two that we have to show for our excellent youth development system.

So, next season, we shall hope (again) for League status in 2017-18, but following last term’s antics there are many areas to improve on if we want to achieve our long-lasting goal.

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One thought on “Rumours Raining on Racecourse!

  1. christmas messed us up and im lead to believe it was the drinking culture,if we hadnt had that spell over xmas we would of been in the playoffs,thats my view,i know u say homegrown tallent but if they were gud enough they would be in the team,and any that are good footballers at a young age are taken by bigger clubs,so we cant rely on homegrown players,,,,,you have to pay players a decent wage to attract them like grimbsy forest green etc,,,that will get us promoted,if they are good enough give them a 2 year deal,the best players that were left dont want sighn as we are not offering them what they need,,pay um thats how we get out the league!

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