JORDAN PONTICELLI expects Wrexham to start climbing back up the leagues and the striker is planning to get over his Racecourse exit by doing the same.

The striker is one of eight players released by manager Phil Parkinson after the Reds failed to clinch promotion and are now planning for a 15th season in non-league.

Having started his career at Coventry City, Ponticelli joined Wrexham on loan in the second half of the coronavirus-affected 2019-20 season and made the move permanent in the summer.

After two full seasons in north Wales, the 23-year-old moves onto pastures new looking to get his career on an upward trajectory, and he is in no doubt Wrexham are heading in the right direction.

"For me it is nice to get a break now," said Ponticelli. "I was never at home so it is nice to get home and see family and my partner that I never used to see a lot.

"It is nice to spend time with everyone and I am going to see what comes up for me club-wise, go back in pre-season and just put 100 per cent effort into it.

"Hopefully work myself back up through the leagues which I know Wrexham will do as a club with the way it is going."

Ponticelli, who scored eight league goals during his two-and-half year spell with Wrexham, leaves happy in the knowledge that he always gave 100 per cent for the club.

"It is my job and I will always give my all, even more so for Wrexham. It's a big club with a big history and it was nice to be a part of," said Ponticelli.

"Whenever I got the chance to put the shirt on I always did my best.

"It was two-and-a-bit years which went really quick but it was a really enjoyable time.

"I am sad to be leaving but the club is on the way up so it is a good place to be at the minute for anyone that is there."