RYAN REYNOLDS has hailed a retiring ex-Wrexham captain as 'one of the best'.

Shaun Pearson spent four years at the Racecourse in between spells for Grimsby Town.

The centre-back made 138 appearances for Wrexham during that time, scoring 12 goals.

Pearson was Wrexham Player of the Year in 2017/18 and is also set to represent the club in a seven-a-side tournament in North Carolina over the summer.

Whilst there, he will feature alongside Wrexham owners and Hollywood actors Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney as well as former team mates Paul Rutherford, Mark Carrington and David Jones.

This week, Pearson's current club Grimsby Town announced that the 34-year-old would be retiring from professional football at the end of the 2022–23 season.

He played his last match for the club in a 1-0 win over Wimbledon on Sunday, May 8.


Grimsby also announced Pearson would be remaining with the club and would be part of Paul Hurst's back room staff.

Upon the announcment of his retirement, Deadpool star Ryan took to Twitter to pay tribute to the defender.

He simply wrote: "One of the best!"

For Grimsby, Pearson made almost 300 appearances during two separate spells with the Mariners and won promotion to the English Football League twice too (2015/16 and 2021/22).

He also played for Spalding United, Stamford and Boston United during his career.