LIAM MCALINDEN believes expectation levels have risen at Wrexham following the high profile takeover of the club but that doesn't faze the striker.

McAlinden has joined the Reds on a two-year contract after leaving Morecambe who he helped clinch promotion to League One last season.

Hollywood stars Rob McElhenney and Ryan Reynolds took over as owners at The Racecourse earlier this year and McAlinden knows big things are expected of Wrexham in their 14th campaign in non-league.

"The expectation levels are always high at the club," said McAlinden.

"As an outsider, I knew it was a big club with high expectations but they have probably been heightened with the buzz around the club and the calibre of manager.

"As a player coming in you just hope that you can meet those expectations and I am sure that if I put the performances in that I know I am capable of, I can be successful here and we can achieve what we want to achieve."

Phil Parkinson, who has been appointed manager, also had huge pulling power when it came to McAlinden deciding on the next step in his career.

"When you see the clubs that he has managed and done well at, and he phones you and offers you a meeting to be part of a project like this, it is something I couldn't turn down," added McAlinden.

"We had a good hour's chat, he told me his plans and how he sees it going in the future.

"The ambition and the people behind him, at this stage of my career it seemed the perfect place to settle down for the two seasons and hopefully it will be a successful time."