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Released Championship player becomes Wrexham’s third summer signing

A released Championship player becomes Wrexham’s third summer signing and it’s got plenty of people talking on social media.

The Welsh outfit are ready for another season of battling for promotion, and on Friday, brought in former Luton Town forward Elliot Lee on a three-year contract.

He left the Hatters at the end of the 2021-22 campaign having spent the season on loan at Charlton Athletic.

The 27-year-old began his career at West Ham United and moved to Barnsley, where he spent a year before joining Luton in 2017.

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Wrexham AFC are delighted to confirm the signing of Elliot Lee on a free transfer, with the attacker signing a three-year contract at the Racecourse Ground until the end of the 2024/25 season.

Lee was available on a free transfer following his release from Luton Town, having spent the 2021/22 campaign on loan with Charlton Athletic.

The former West Ham United academy graduate is now the third new signing to arrive at Wrexham AFC this summer, following Jordan Tunnicliffe and Mark Howard through the door.

And on joining the Red Dragons, he said: “I’m absolutely delighted to sign. I’m so excited by the project at Wrexham; I’ve had a few chats with the manager over the last few weeks and I’m buzzing to get going now.

“I wanted to join somewhere that excited me – I had a few EFL offers but after hearing about the ambition of this Club, it was Wrexham for me.

“I feel like I know what it takes to get promoted. We got back-to-back promotions at Luton; I joined them in League Two and left them in the Championship, so if I can do something similar at Wrexham I think we’ll all be delighted.”

Lee broke through at West Ham United and made his professional debut with the Premier League club in 2013.

After several loan spells, Lee joined Barnsley in 2016 before first landing at Luton Town the following summer.

He proved an integral part of the Hatters’ rise to the EFL Championship, playing 70 league games and scoring 22 league goals across their back-to-back promotion seasons.

He leaves Luton having scored 27 goals in 113 games for the Hatters in all competitions, while also spending time out on loan with League One clubs Oxford United and Charlton Athletic.

And on his signing, Wrexham AFC manager Phil Parkinson said: “We’re delighted to welcome Elliot to the Club. He’s a top player who will bring real quality in the final third of the pitch.

“He’s been involved in a successful team at Luton and we’re really looking forward to integrating him with our squad in the coming weeks.

“In all my chats with him, he’s really understood and been enthused by what the Club is all about. That buy-in is just as important as his ability.”

A few weeks ago, Wrexham confirmed the signing of centre-back Jordan Tunnicliffe, 28, with the former Crawley Town defender joining on a two-year deal at the Racecourse Ground until the end of the 2023/24 season, following the expiration of his Crawley contract, after three years with the Red Devils.

On signing for Wrexham, the defender said: “I’m really excited – the ambition of the Club, the size of the Club, I’m just raring to get going.

“I’ve spoken to the gaffer, and he’s outlined what he wants to do this season and I completely agree with him. It’s a very, very tough league but if we stick to the essentials we can achieve those ambitions.

“I’m an ambitious player, and this is an ambitious Club and that’s what I’m looking forward to.

“The fanbase attracted me, first and foremost. I spoke to the manager and when he told me his ideas I wanted to come straight away. I don’t intend staying in the National League for long, I want to help the team get promoted and it will be a full squad effort to earn that.”

Tunnicliffe leaves Crawley having made more than 100 appearances across his three seasons in West Sussex.

He was named in the EFL League Two Team of the Year in 2020/21, alongside new Wrexham team-mate Paul Mullin, and recovered from injury to make 18 appearances last season to help Crawley secure back-to-back top-half finishes.

He previously spent two seasons in the National League with AFC Fylde, helping the Coasters earn consecutive Play-Off finishes and win the FA Trophy at Wembley Stadium in 2019.

Born in Nuneaton and previously part of West Bromwich Albion’s academy, Tunnicliffe also spent time with Barnsley, Sutton Coldfield Town and Kidderminster Harriers – earning an England C cap in 2017 after impressing with the latter.

On his addition, Wrexham manager Phil Parkinson said: “I’m pleased to bring Jordan in to the Club. I think he’s a strong signing for us with a lot of EFL experience; he’s a good addition.

“It’s the first signing in, and we’re working away on several situations. As I’ve said all along, the aim is to make the squad stronger than it was last season but as everybody knows, the base and platform we’re starting from is a lot further along than it was 12 months ago.

“We just gradually want to piece it together. There’s quite a bit of time before the season starts yet and hopefully we’ll get the squad that will give us a really, really good season.”

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And more recently, Wrexham brought in experienced goalkeeper, Mark Howard, who will reunite with manager Phil Parkinson having previously worked under him at Bolton Wanderers, arrives after being named Carlisle United’s Player of the Season for 2021/22.

The 35-year-old came through the ranks at Arsenal before joining Cardiff City, and later had spells in Scotland with St Mirren and Aberdeen.

He returned to England when signing for Blackpool, before making over 100 appearances for Sheffield United between 2012 and 2016. There, he was part of the side that reached the FA Cup Semi-Finals in 2013/14 and both the League Cup Semi-Finals and the League One Play-Offs in 2014/15.

Howard joined Bolton in 2016, and has also featured for Salford City and Scunthorpe United in recent seasons.

On signing for Wrexham, Howard said: “I’ve been speaking to Phil [Parkinson] for a few days now. I’m thrilled to get it finally done and dusted and I can’t wait to get going.

“I love playing in front of full attendances and a lot of crowd, and that was something that really attracted me to Wrexham. To have this opportunity to play in front of these fans, it will be exciting.

“There’s only one aim for this season now, and that’s to get promoted.”

Parkinson added: “Mark’s an experienced goalkeeper who I worked with at Bolton, and he was Player of the Season at Carlisle last year. He has a lot of league experience and will be a great addition.

“He’s a confident lad and a strong character who will offer strong leadership qualities in the dressing room too.”

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Fans reacted as released Championship player Elliot Lee becomes Wrexham’s third summer signing…

@alfiedavis118: As a CAFC fan – Quality player

@WAFCTomX: astonishing signing. get in

@OwenBradley87: WHAT A BEARD WOW

@tommyshuffle1: What a fucking signing

@squire_aaron: He’s levels above this league, class signing

@m_w890: The best owners in the world ❤🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿

@WxMMorgan: What a signing

@Hilly4141: YOUR WINNERS OF THE NATIONAL LEAUGE 22/23 ARE WREXHAM 🤣🤣

@shaunjones46: Welcome aboard 👏🏻👏🏻🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿🇺🇸🇨🇦

@Liamgeraghty_: What a handsome bastard 😍 @ElliotLee9

@an_thomo: Smash it @ElliotLee9 what a signings

@CalumBright_: What’s he doing in non league?🤣 Silly signing that! All the best @ElliotLee9 🧡👒

@InceJesse: Jheez slightly under whelming for Charlton , but that’s unbelievable for you

@robj_j: Welcome to Wrexham @ElliotLee9! Great to have you with us – it’s going to be amazing !

@richyhardy: Ridiculous signing for that level. Brilliant player – will rip that level up. Done an interview with a Luton podcast a couple of weeks back saying he wants a similar club he can go through the leagues with. Good luck to you and EL

@Atexo02: Big player to help Luton get to the championship from league 2. Should absolutely kill the national league

@Wxmmag: Absolute baller…🔴⚪️⚫️⚪️ what a signing, roll on seeing you on the pitch and your Dad in the executive box with @RMcElhenney and @VancityReynolds you reds… ❤️🤍

@LutonEye: Great signing, too good for that level 👏

@DiamondHatter: If you don’t go up this season, just fold 😂 Great signing that, congratulations on promotion.

@BazzaCAFC: Ignore a lot of this Charlton lot, Lee had ADMITTEDLY HUGE issues with consistency, but on his day he is nothing short of a gamer changer. Was a point where he was our best player last season, and Charlton fans are forgetting that. Good signing here, no idea why he went so low.

@andyhawkington: When in League 1, he was probably our most natural finisher, but dropped deeper as we had Hylton and Collins. Top player, not afraid to shoot from distance either. Not sure what formation you play but can be a 10 or that free role no.8 type player. Good at L1 so great for you!

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