JAMES JENNINGS has been overwhelmed with the messages received after announcing his Wrexham departure.

The 32-year-old, signed initially on loan from Forest Green in January 2017, called time on his three-and-a-half years at The Racecourse on Tuesday.

After announcing his decision to head for pastures new, Jennings has been inundated with messages from Wrexham’s loyal fans.

“I’ve been really overwhelmed by all of the messages,” said Jennings. “I’ve really enjoyed my time playing for Wrexham in-front of the passionate fans, who only want the club to be a success.”

Jennings was one of five players - along with Paul Rutherford, Mark Carrington, David Keillor-Dunn and Christian Dibble - who Reds boss Dean Keates wanted to discuss a deal for the 2020/21 National League season.

But with a concrete offer on the table from an unnamed club, Jennings had to do what was best for him and his young family.

“There are no bad feelings,” said Jennings, who received a personal call from club president Dixie McNeil thanking him for his time in north Wales. “The club has protected itself until they know what will happen in the future and it’s great that the fans know there will be a club in the future, because some will struggle.”

Arguably the toughest call Jennings had to make was to Reds boss Keates, who brought the left-back to The Racecourse, informing him that his future lay elsewhere.

“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed working under Dean,” said Jennings. “When he called me around Christmas time all those years ago I wanted to sign for Wrexham because it was the perfect fit. I was in League Two at the time, but that didn’t matter to me.

“He respected my decision to move on, he understands the situation you are in as a footballer.

“It was nice to be asked to stay by Dean and I’ve made a tough decision to move on. I can only thank Dean and all of the staff, from the kit man to the chef and groundsman for their support.”

There’s another Jennings on the move as James’ brother Connor confirmed that he will be bringing his four-year stay with Tranmere Rovers to an end.

“So after four years at this amazing club my time at Tranmere Rovers has come to an end,” wrote Connor, who spent two seasons with Wrexham before heading for Prenton Park. “Just want to thank you all for the past four years from the fans, staff and the players.

“It’s been an incredible journey and I have made some great memories, Although the season ended how it did, I have no doubt the club will return back to League One and beyond, which is what the fans deserve.

“I’ve loved playing for this club and putting the shirt on, and feel proud and privileged to have worn it as many times as I did!”