Wrexham AFC are delighted to confirm the signing of centre-back Aaron Hayden from Carlisle United for an undisclosed fee.
Defender Hayden, 24, who was Carlisle’s vice-captain, has signed a three-year contract at the Racecourse Ground.
A ball playing defender, who also has an eye for goal – he netted five times in 49 games last season – Hayden is Wrexham’s sixth signing of the summer.
And upon arriving at the Racecourse Ground, he said: “I had a good talk with the manager, who made me aware of the vision of the Club, and the vision the chairmen had for the Club, and that really motivated me to come and be part of that.
“I had a year left on my deal at Carlisle United, where I had two great years, and I have a lot of respect for them. It would have taken a lot to leave, but after speaking to the manager I’m really excited to be at Wrexham, and to get this Club back to where it needs to be.
“I’ve got two weeks to integrate, which is really good for me, and I’m really looking forward to working hard and getting this season going.”
Hayden spent time in Chelsea’s youth academy but moved to Wolverhampton Wanderers aged 16 and was loaned out to several clubs, including Newport County and Stourbridge.
He moved to Carlisle in 2019, and scored eight goals in 73 appearances for the Blues. He was named vice-captain for the 2020/21 season and was due to reprise the role this season.
On his capture, Wrexham manager Phil Parkinson said: “We are delighted to welcome Aaron to the Football Club. He brings pace and physicality, which is important, but more than that he is a great personality and we’re looking forward to working with him this season and beyond.”