Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney face major Wrexham squad overhaul due to EFL rule

Rob McElhenney and Ryan Reynolds may have to make big changes at Wrexham this summer
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Wrexham owners Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney may need to conduct a significant squad overhaul this summer due to the EFL's registration regulations.

The Red Dragons have ascended to League One, marking back-to-back promotions in their first season back in the Football League after a 15-year absence, following their National League victory. Under the stewardship of the Hollywood pair, Wrexham have undergone a remarkable transformation, but this swift progress could come with a price tag.

The current Wrexham squad comprises players from their fifth-tier triumph as well as new additions from last season. With another promotion under their belt, it seems likely that further reinforcements will be needed to ensure they compete at the top end of the table.

However, for new arrivals to join, the club will need to adopt an almost one in, one out policy. The contract extension of veteran forward Steven Fletcher means that Wrexham now have 21 contracted senior players, just one shy of the EFL squad limit for registration, which stands at 22.

The EFL rules stipulate that players under 21 and goalkeepers are exempt from inclusion in the squad list. However, any attempts to exploit loopholes by falsely declaring outfield players as goalkeepers would be deemed misconduct, reports the Mirror.

Wrexham, under the leadership of Reynolds and McElhenney, are in a bit of a pickle. The club's current position means that they can only register one more player before they have to start removing players from their current squad list to make space.

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This doesn't necessarily mean those deregistered have to leave the club, but it does put the owners in a challenging position to find a solution.

Despite not making any signings yet this summer, Wrexham are reportedly eyeing a statement signing. According to Portsmouth publication The News, the Red Dragons are keen on bringing Pompey midfielder Joe Morrell to the Racecourse Ground.

Morrell's contract is up and he's reportedly not interested in extending his deal for another year.

The Welsh side has already seen several key players depart in recent years, either at the end of their contracts or by transferring to other clubs. Former club captain Ben Tozer, as well as seasoned players Luke Young, Callum McFadzean, Aaron Hayden, Rob Lainton and Jordan Tunnicliffe, have all left the club this summer.

Wrexham will discover their first opponents in their inaugural third-tier campaign since the 2004/2005 season on June 26 when all Championship, League One and League Two fixtures are announced. Phil Parkinson's team will face Premier League sides Bournemouth and Chelsea in pre-season friendlies next month in California.