SHAUN BRISLEY has become Wrexham's first new signing of the summer with the experienced centre-back putting pen to paper on a two-year contract.

Brisley joins the Reds after leaving Port Vale at the end of last season.

The 31-year-old defender began his career with Macclesfield and after making his senior debut in March 2008, he went on to make 142 league and cup appearances in just under four years.

Following a loan spell at Peterborough in 2012, Brisley made the move permanent and he stayed with the Posh until the end of the 2015-16 season, during which time he won the 2014 Football League Trophy and also had temporary stints with Scunthorpe, Northampton and Leyton Orient.

Brisley spent the 2016-17 campaign with Carlisle United before moving to Notts County where he stayed for two years.

In August 2019, Brisley joined Port Vale where he made 33 league appearances across two seasons.

On joining Wrexham, Brisley told the official club website: “I’m delighted. Once I met with the manager, and he explained the really exciting project here, I couldn’t wait to join.

“Wrexham are a big club who don’t deserve to be where they are now. With the new owners and the project in front of them, I want to play my part in getting us back to the Football League.

“It’s massive to be coming into something with a lot of hype around it, but the main objective is, of course, promotion to the Football League.”

Manager Phil Parkinson added: “All supporters can see we need out-and-out defenders, and Shaun is just the start of rebuilding that defence.

“He’s got a lot of experience at Football League level, and he’s good in both boxes. At any level, you need a defender who – when the ball comes into the box – will be the first to put his head on it and Shaun will certainly bring that.

“I’m looking forward to working with him.”