SHAUN PEARSON is disappointed he didn't help Wrexham clinch promotion - and only securing a play-off spot once in four seasons at The Racecourse is something "that really bugs me if I am honest".

The 32-year-old was set to put pen to paper on a new contract with Wrexham, who he captained since signing from Grimsby Town in the summer of 2017, after agreeing terms.

But Mariners boss Paul Hurst came in with a late offer for Pearson and the centre-back has elected to return to Blundell Park where he has signed a two-year-deal.

It signals the end of a four-year stay with Wrexham where Pearson made 132 league appearances.

Part of the side beaten 1-0 by Eastleigh in the 2019 play-off eliminator, Pearson was twice denied a top-seven finish in two other campaigns - the Reds missed out this season after failing to win a Dagenham on the final day.

And Pearson said: "The frustration was obviously not getting promotion but it was also frustrating only getting in the play-offs once..

"That really bugs me if I am honest.

"The first season when Dean Keates left, we dropped off too quick and that was really disappointing because that was one of my most favourite squads I have played in during my whole career.

"The dressing room was full of personalities that I really liked and got on well with."