PHIL PARKINSON believes Lee Butler will be an integral member of his back-room staff after arriving at Wrexham as the club’s new goalkeeping coach.

Butler has joined from Sunderland to reunite with Parkinson and assistant manager Steve Parkin, having also worked with the duo at the League One outfit, as well as at Bradford City and Bolton Wanderers.

The 55-year-old played nearly 500 league games in a 22-year career that included spells with Lincoln City, Aston Villa, Barnsley, Wigan, Dunfermline Athletic and Halifax Town.

He was appointed Bradford’s goalkeeping coach in July 2013, and during his time with the Bantams he worked with now-England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.

Having followed Parkinson and Parkin to Bolton and Sunderland, Butler has been reunited with the management team.

Parkinson is delighted that he has been able to bring in Butler who he says will be an excellent addition to his staff both on and off the pitch.

“I am pleased that Lee is joining us,” said Parkinson.

“He is very good with goalkeepers but he offers us more than that as well.

“He is relishing the challenge. It has taken a bit of time but getting the right staff and the right people working with you is so important.

“He’s a very good coach, but also a great character and personality and he’s a very good addition to the staff.”