WREXHAM spent £22,080 on agent fees - the fourth highest total in the National League.

The figures published by the Football Association show the money spent by clubs on intermediaries from February 1, 2019 to January 31, 2020.

And Wrexham were up amongst the biggest spenders in the National League, even though they paid fees for four new players last summer.

The signings of Leighton McIntosh, Jazzi Barnum-Bobb, Adam Barton, pictured, and Devonte Redmond - represented by his dad and former Wrexham wing-back Paul Edwards - all cost the Reds in agent fees.

Helping send Wrexham’s agent fees spending over £22,000 were the contract renewals of goalkeeper Rob Lainton, who is represented by former Chester midfielder Wade Joyce, defender James Jennings, midfielder Luke Summerfield and attacker Bobby Grant.

While Lainton is one of six players under contract at Wrexham for the 2020/21 National League season, Jennings and Summerfield are waiting to see if they have done enough to convince Dean Keates they are worthy of a new deal.

Grant, who finished the campaign as Wrexham’s leading scorer, was sent out on-loan to Accrington Stanley in January and looks to have kicked his last ball for the Reds.

Notts County topped the list of agent fees expenditure by a long way as the play-off hopefuls spend £69,028, while fellow promotion challengers, Harrogate were second having forked out £29,417.

In third place in the list were Hartlepool United, who spent £24,562 on agent fees.

Wrexham’s cross-border rivals Chester were one of several clubs to avoid paying agent fees during those specific 12 months.

Championship clubs paid out a combined £49.3m, slightly down on last year’s £50m, with Stoke (£5.6m) and Swansea (£5.2m) topping the list.

League One sides spent £3.9m, down from almost £6m with Sunderland accounting for nearly £1.4m, and League Two clubs gave agents £1.2m, a slight increase from just under £1million. Bradford City topped the list in the fourth tier, spending £114, 010, ahead of Salford’s £111,619 and Scunthorpe’s £107,345.

The total figures for all top five divisions show English football spent just over £318m on agents, which is almost £80,000 down on a year ago.