Rumours Raining on Racecourse Part Two

Written by Gruffudd ab Owain

Back in the summer, I wrote an article concerning the transfer rumours at the time called ‘Rumours Raining on Racecourse’. Welcome to volume 2!

At the time Gary Mills was in charge of the club and three attackers were linked with Wrexham.

John Rooney, Matt Rhead and Jordan Lussey were the ones amid speculation back in the close-season.

Rooney has since joined the Dragons from Chester, while Rhead remained at Lincoln and then-free agent Lussey featured for Southport against the Welshmen on Boxing Day.

Liverpool-born Rooney’s name was mud at the Deva Stadium after his move, and a similar transfer was rumoured on the 4th of January.

Ryan Lloyd, on loan at the club from Port Vale, was linked with Wrexham but he chose to remain at The Deva.

Ryan Lloyd

Ryan Lloyd

Otherwise, heavily linked with Wrexham is Richard Brodie of York City who has spent most of this season on loan at Macclesfield Town.

His spell expired last weekend and now Dean Keates is chasing his signature. He is apparently leading the race to sign the striker.

Brodie, 29, won the Conference Premier title in two consecutive seasons with Crawley and Fleetwood in 2010-11 and 2011-12 respectively.

The 6ft 2in striker began his career at Whickham, featuring 35 times while scoring 21 goals, before moving on to Newcastle Benfield where he scored 3 times in 11 appearances.

His early success earned him a move to York City in 2007, featuring 135 times, scoring an impressive 53 goals.

He played key parts in the promotions for Crawley and during his loan spell at Fleetwood, playing in the striker position alongside world-famous Jamie Vardy.

Since 2012, he has appeared for Morecambe, Grimsby (both loans), Gateshead, Hereford (loan), Southport, Aldershot and Stockport before re-joining York in 2016.

During his loan spell with Grimsby, he played against Wrexham in the 2013 FA Trophy final, making an impact for the men in white and black stripes.

With an international calibre – 2 appearances for England C – he would presumably partner well with Jordan White for the rest of the season.

I believe he would be a good signing for Wrexham, especially as a replacement for Shaun Harrad who has recently departed.

To replace Gerry McDonagh (who has returned to Nottingham Forest after a loan spell) – a young prospect keen to make an impact in the National League?

Leading the race for Hampton & Richmond striker Nicke Kabamba, labelled the ‘best striker in the division’, are Lincoln City.

Nicke Kabamba

Nicke Kabamba

The other contenders are unknown, but, with 15 goals under his belt already this season, he would surely be a fascinating potential for us to have at the club.

I know there has been nothing about Wrexham in the race for his signature, but you know, if you are reading Dean – possibly another player for you to look at?

We shall look forward to plenty of signings over the transfer window, let’s hope for some improvements on the pitch for the remainder of the season.

 

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