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INTERVIEW | Ryan Barnett shares his thoughts in first interview as a Wrexham player

New signing Ryan Barnett targets promotion

24 February 2023

New signing Ryan Barnett expressed that helping the Club achieve promotion is his sole focus, after agreeing a deal at the Racecourse Ground until the end of the 2024/25 season.

The winger, formerly of Shrewsbury Town and Solihull Moors has made a name for himself with his direct and expansive style.

Barnett, 23, is a versatile player, with both experience playing as a winger, but also as a right wing-back.

On signing for Wrexham, he said: I’m very excited for this opportunity. I had a great time at Solihull, but I know what a huge club Wrexham is, and I knew I couldn’t turn that chance down.

“You look at the quality Wrexham have, and the strength in depth, it’s something I really wanted to challenge myself with.

“The goal is promotion. Simple as. I want to come in and give my best, but the main aim is to get this Club back to where they want to be.”

“When I played against Wrexham, I learnt that the Racecourse was a tough place to come to, the fans pack it.

The former Moors man was part of their squad that finished runners up in the play-off final against eventual winners Grimsby Town.

This season, the wide man made 33 appearances in a Moors shirt, with the Midlands side sat in 12th position in the National League.

Barnett will wear the number 29 shirt for the Red Dragons, and he explained how much joining the Club means to him.

He said: “It’s overwhelming to be honest. When you come in you see the size of the ground, the fanbase, the Club and the players. It’s a really big opportunity that I’m looking to grasp.

“As a player, you want to be playing in front of those kinds of numbers every single week.

“The fans come here and pay their hard-earned money and as footballers, we have to prove it right by giving 100% on the pitch for the fans.

During his time with Moors, Barnett made 80 appearances in the National League, winning their September Player of the Month award this season.

Wrexham boss Phil Parkinson explained that Barnett is a “strong addition to the first team,” and the winger hopes he can add valuable experience to the squad despite his youthful age.

He said: “I’ve got the experience from Solihull during that playoff push. I know we lost in the final and although I’m young, I made nearly 100 appearances for them.

“I primarily play as a winger, but over the last five years, I’ve played in the right wing-back position, and on the left as well.

“As a player, I’m very direct. I like to get crosses in and I know my stats are really up there towards the top of the league in that sense.

“I like to have 1vs1 domination in my game, and if the gaffer wants me to do the defensive work, I’ll do that and then express myself in the final third.”

Paperwork has been submitted with the view to him being available to make his debut on Saturday against Dorking Wanderers, which international supporters can watch live on www.nationalleaguetv.com

 


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