DAN JARVIS revealed he turned down the offer of a new one-year deal at Wrexham because he wants more game-time.

The midfielder was one of eight players who have been released after the Reds missed out on promotion and are planning for a 15th season in non-league.

After initially arriving at The Racecourse from Stoke City on an 18 month contract in January 2020, Jarvis extended his stay with the Reds last summer for another year.

Although he found opportunities limited at the start of this season, Jarvis either started or came on as substitute in nine successive matches before sustaining an ankle injury in the 2-0 win against Bromley on November 27 which kept him on the sidelines for more than two months.

Upon his return in February, Jarvis made four starts and 10 substitute appearances but the 24-year-old decided to move on because he wants regular football.

"There was an offer for another year but at the end of the day, I had to look at my career and what good would it do me sitting on the bench - or maybe even in the stands - next year," said Jarvis, who made five league starts in 2021-22 and was a regular fixture on the substitutes bench when fit.

"I talked about it with my family and my agent, and just thought it was probably better for me to move on and try and play some football, because that is what I need to do.

"Of course it was a hard choice but it is what's best for me at the end of the day.

"I want to be starting."

Jarvis, who scored one league goal this season in the 6-2 win at King's Lynn last November and also netted as Wrexham beat Notts County 2-1 in the FA Trophy quarter-final, failed to nail down a regular starting place during his stint in north Wales.

But although he could have stayed with the Reds, Jarvis feels it is the right time in his career to move on and try to make his mark elsewhere.

"At my age I need to be playing games and I would back myself to play games somewhere else," said Jarvis.

"I have just got to choose where I go now because I have got offers.

"It is just a case of choosing where I am going to play the most football and where I am going to play the best football.

"As exciting as it is to be at Wrexham with the new owners and all the fans coming, it is in my best interests to be playing games.

"I have just got to go somewhere and play football - go and enjoy my football again."

Jarvis has no regrets about his two-and-a-half year spell with Wrexham.

"I enjoyed my time at Wrexham, I really did," said Jarvis.

"I can't thank Wrexham enough for giving me my first chance in men's football. For that I am grateful.

"The fans were always good to me as well and everyone was lovely to me. I honestly can't fault anything to do with the club.

"I wish I played more and shown what I can do but at the end of the day it wasn't meant to be.

"I am sure I will be there next season playing against Wrexham at some point, I am looking forward to the future and just seeing what I can do at my new club."