THE CHAIRMAN of a Wrexham-based Futsal and football club says he has been 'taken aback' by the conversations he's had with Ryan Reynolds.

Earlier this week, the Leader reported on the Deadpool star's £1,600 donation to help FC United of Wrexham buy new kits for its under-12's team.

Kayleigh Barton had launched the GoFundMe page to raise money for her son's Futsal team, which is based within the club.

Kayleigh and her 11-year-old son, Keegen, have endured a very difficult 12 months - after the loss of her ex-partner and Keegen's father, Adam Bradshaw.

The kind donation from Ryan, who is co-chairman of Wrexham AFC, has already made a huge difference and the club is planning to pay tribute to him by adding a Deadpool logo to its new kit.

FC United of Wrexham chairman Andrew Ruscoe has also had his own 'life-changing experience' following the donation having had a few conversations with the Holywood star via Twitter.

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Andrew sent Ryan a message of thanks following the donation and the actor swiftly replied.

He said: "Andrew - thank you for this kind, thoughtful and generous note. It's my pleasure to be a little piece of football in Wrexham. Be it my club or yours.

"So happy the boys are excited. Hopefully I'll have an opportunity to come visit the team this year. Sending my best ... looking forward to seeing them in the new gear. Best to you and yours."

Andrew says the messages and the donation have left everyone at the club feeling 'ecstatic'.

He told the Leader: "It's overwhelming to think that the work that we are doing is being recognised by someone like Ryan. Our main goal is to create life-changing opportunities for the children here.

The Leader:

PIC: Andrew Ruscoe with kids from FC United of Wrexham.

"We want to support the young people in our community and little things like this help us do that and also boost the reputation of Futsal in the process.

"Running Futsal teams can be a very expensive process so we are extremely grateful for Ryan's donation and grateful to everyone else who has helped us get to where we are too.

"It was a life-changing experience for me to be able to speak to Ryan, but above all, it's what he's done for the children here - and in the community in general - that has been absolutely amazing.

"We've been lucky to have been in this position to have this happen to us, there are so many people here and at other clubs in the community who deserve such recognition for what they are doing behind the scenes.

"For example - someone like Gary Crewe at Castell Alun who has been delivering voluntary football sessions for nearly 50 years now."