CURTIS OBENG has had a career full of highs and lows but his spell at Wrexham stands out as one of the most enjoyable.

The 31-year-old right-back came through the Manchester City youth system and he was snapped up by Reds' boss Dean Saunders in the summer of 2009 following his release by the Premier League giants.

A regular in the Wrexham side, Obeng's stock began to side as Saunders and successor Andy Morrell turned The Racecourse outfit into Conference promotion contenders during the 2011-12 campaign.

Wrexham finished with a club record 98 points, only to be pipped to the title by big-spending Fleetwood, but by then Obeng had already clinched a dream moved to Premier League side Swansea City.

Obeng failed to make a first team appearance during his three seasons in south Wales, going out on loan to a number of league clubs, and he has since been plying his trade in non-league circles.

There are no regrets, and Obeng is just grateful of the stint he enjoyed at Wrexham.

"In terms of being fully fit and playing games, my time at Wrexham has got to be up there as one of the most enjoyable times of my career," said Obeng.

"Playing every week, winning games and in a great team.

"I have played higher up in League One and Two on loan from Swansea which in terms of football stature is better on paper but in terms of enjoyment and feel for the game, my time at Wrexham is up there.

"It was a great team. The more games we were playing, the better we were getting and the momentum was well and truly there.

"We played really well and the bench always played a massive part. Whoever came on, everyone was on the same page so all angles were covered."

Winning became a habit in 2011-12 as the Reds picked up where they left off under player-boss Morrell following the September departure of Saunders.

"When Dean brought me in, you could tell he was working towards something," said Obeng.

"He slowly put all the pieces together and by my second season, he had pretty much got everyone in that he wanted and it all came together.

"As we were playing games, it was quite easy to be honest.

"Take away your Fleetwood's or Luton's, we went into most games knowing we were going to win so it was a good time.

"Winning is contagious, like losing can be if you are in a relegation scrap."

Obeng was hoping to re-join Wrexham on loan and continue to play his part in the promotion push after making the switch to the top-flight, but the Racecourse return never materialised.

"I left towards the end of the January transfer window and it was a tough decision to make," said Obeng.

"In hindsight I would liked to have stayed and initially I wanted to be loaned straight back to Wrexham with me not going straight into the Swansea first team.

"But Brendan Rogers had other visions and he ended up going to Liverpool.

"It was a bit tough and a lot of wasted time during the whole move but you can't look back.

"Sometimes they work in your favour and sometimes they don't but you just keep going and keep working hard to live the best life you can."

Obeng recalls the day he made the move to Swansea, rubbing shoulders with the best that the Premier League had to offer.

"Swansea were playing Chelsea at home on the day I signed," said Obeng.

"I was at the ground, signed my contract and Petr Cech, Frank Lampard and John Terry were stood in the tunnel.

"It was a bit of a step up from the week before!"

Obeng is now plying his trade with Northern Premier League Premier Division outfit Radcliffe, who are managed by former Wrexham midfielder Lee Fowler.

It's certainly not a case of just going through the motions for the ex-England under 19 international.

"It's been a bit of a crazy journey," added Obeng.

"I have been in, I have been out, I have joined certain clubs that I probably shouldn't have done and didn't enjoy my time there.

"I am with Lee Fowler now and I want to kick on because I am still one of the fittest there and still one of the fastest there."