WREXHAM have completed the signing of centre-back Aaron Hayden from Carlisle United for an undisclosed fee.

The 24-year-old, who was Carlisle’s vice-captain, has signed a three-year contract at The Racecourse.

A ball playing defender, who also has an eye for goal – he netted five times in 49 games during the 2020-21 season – Hayden is Wrexham’s sixth signing of the summer.

On making the switch to Wrexham, who are preparing for a 14th campaign in non-league, Hayden said: “I had a good talk with the manager, who made me aware of the vision of the club, and the vision the owners had for the club, and that really motivated me to come and be part of that.

“I had a year left on my deal at Carlisle United, where I had two great years, and I have a lot of respect for them.

"It would have taken a lot to leave, but after speaking to the manager I’m really excited to be at Wrexham, and to get this club back to where it needs to be.

“I’ve got two weeks to integrate, which is really good for me, and I’m really looking forward to working hard and getting this season going.”

Hayden spent time in Chelsea’s youth academy but moved to Wolves at the age of 16, and was loaned out to several clubs, including Newport County and Stourbridge.

He moved to Carlisle in 2019, and scored eight goals in 73 appearances for the Cumbrians.

He was named vice-captain for 2020/21 and was due to continue in the role this season.

On his capture, Wrexham manager Phil Parkinson said: “We are delighted to welcome Aaron to the Football Club.

"He brings pace and physicality, which is important, but more than that he is a great personality and we’re looking forward to working with him this season and beyond.”