DAVIS KEILLOR-DUNN thanked Wrexham for giving him the chance to kick-start his career but the attacking midfielder says he couldn't turn down a move to the Football League with Oldham Athletic.

Dean Keates hoped to keep Keillor-Dunn at The Racecourse but the 22-year-old will spend the 2020-21 campaign with the Latics.

The League Two outfit are managed by former Leeds and Liverpool star Harry Kewell, who played in a similar position to Keillor-Dunn.

And working with Kewell, as well as playing at a higher level, had big pulling power when it came to deciding where his future lay.

"I want to play as high as I can and obviously the manager at Oldham is Harry Kewell," said Keillor-Dunn.

"He was the main thing for me and cemented where I want to be.

"He has got ridiculous amounts of experience and played in my position as well so it is even better.

"I can't complain with the management there and it is going into the Football League with a great club so I had to jump at the chance.

"It was just something that made a lot of sense."

Keates announced his retained list in early July and Keillor-Dunn was one of five players who the Reds boss wanted to open contract discussions with when there was "certainty on football returning" because of the coronavirus crisis.

Keillor-Dunn insists that was not a deal-breaker, although having a contract offer from Oldham was more appealing.

"Oldham came in with a concrete offer and the gaffer at Wrexham was saying we are going to sort something out in the future," said Keillor-Dunn.

"It was an offer from Oldham but nothing on the table for me to sign there and then at Wrexham so it was more in favour of Oldham.

"I was speaking to both clubs but Oldham made a lot more sense with the league and manager."

Keillor-Dunn had been a free agent since leaving Scottish Premiership outfit Ross County by mutual consent in September when he joined Wrexham on an initial six month deal in the January transfer window.

Although he only made six National League appearances, scoring a stunning goal in the win at Bromley, Keillor-Dunn made a big impression and he was grateful for his chance with Wrexham.

"I can't thank the gaffer, the fans and the people who work behind the scenes enough for my time there," said Keillor-Dunn.

"I can't appreciate enough for giving me the opportunity and platform to play on.

"I was speaking to the manager about next season but when this came up, it was something I could not turn down.

"I have got nothing but great things to say about the club.

"It is a massive club and it should not be in the National League, everybody knows that.

"I hope they get promoted to League Two sometime soon. I know for a fact they will end up higher in the Football League."

Keillor-Dunn praised supporters for the way they took to him during his short spell in north Wales.

"Thanks to the fans for believing in me and getting behind me in such a short period of time," he added.

"Even though I only played six games, the fans saw my potential, my skills and qualities in that short period, and I can't thank them enough.

"I wish them all the best in the future."