IT’S not how he wanted his time at Wrexham to end but Luke Summerfield has “no hard feelings” over his exit.

The experienced midfielder was one of 11 players told by Dean Keates that he would not be offered fresh terms for the 2020/21 National League campaign after his two-year deal expired this summer.

For those that know, or have spent time talking with the 32-year-old, it’s no surprise that he took the decision with good grace.

“It’s football. The way it’s gone over the last couple of years and the way it’s going to change now, you can’t take anything for granted,” said Summerfield.

“There were no hard feelings. It’s the way the club is going and there were never going to be any ill words. I understood what the manager said to me about the decision.

“All the managers I’ve worked under have been brilliant with me.

“There’s so many other people, people behind the scenes, that deserve great credit. The people that work in the club shop, the chefs to those in the car park on matchday.”

It was a roller-coaster ride for Summerfield during his two season stay at The Racecourse.

A promotion challenge in 2018/19 ended with play-off defeat to Eastleigh, before the Reds were battling to avoid an unthinkable relegation this term.

Signed by Sam Ricketts, Summerfield also played under a number of managers with Graham Barrow, Bryan Hughes, Brian Flynn and now Keates, leading the team in some capacity after the former Wales international left for Shrewsbury Town.

“The ambition is to get the club back in the Football League and we had an amazing crack at that in my first season,” reflected Summerfield. “Unfortunately, it ended on the lowest of the low with the play-off defeat.

“If the club keeps working hard then success will come.”

For Summerfield, it’s a waiting game with the coronavirus pandemic creating an uncertain future for football clubs throughout the pyramid.

There is also no official start date for the 2020/21 campaign with the top two tiers still in league action and the end of season play-offs lower down the pyramid either taking place, or set to start, in the coming weeks.

“I’m speaking to my agent,” said Summerfield, speaking hours after a training session with the likes of Reds duo Mark Carrington and James Jennings.

“With what’s going on - there are no set dates in place, clubs are still involved in the play-offs and are unsure over finances - nothing is really happening.

“It’s about keeping fit and busy. There’s usually a timeframe to stick to, but we are in July now and things are still in limbo.

“We are usually back in training in July, but we are watching football on television.

“The sooner there is a start date the better for everyone.

“It’s a job for us and helps pay the bills, but going out there and playing football on a Saturday is something we miss.”

And despite a tricky time for the game, Summerfield is determined to remain in full-time football.

“100 per cent,” said Summerfield, who has been keeping busy by completing an online personal training course. “I’ve got plenty of miles in the legs yet. I love playing football.”