BEING used as a wing-back on his Wrexham debut got the thumbs up from utility player Anthony Forde.

The 28-year-old has joined the Reds from Oxford United for an undisclosed fee, putting pen to paper on a two-year deal.

Forde, who came through the Wolves academy system and made his Premier League debut against Chelsea in November 2011, went on to have spells with Walsall and Rotherham before spending the last three seasons at League One side Oxford.

The versatile Irishman has played as a midfielder or a winger during his career but he felt at home featuring as a right wing-back in Saturday’s 4-0 win against Macclesfield in the penultimate pre-season friendly.

“I think it is a position that definitely suits me,” said Forde.

“I can be higher up the pitch which I have been used to doing in my career, but I have also done right-back as well so it is perfect."

Forde impressed during his 70 minute run-out against Macclesfield.

Although he caught the eye, Forde insists there is a lot more to come from him in a Wrexham shirt.

“There is still a lot more to come from me,” said Forde.

“I am still looking to get my sharpness back but I enjoyed it.

“I got a few good runs in but there is definitely plenty more to come.”

Forde, who completed his move to The Racecourse on Thursday, was delighted to make his debut in front of more than 4,000 supporters at The Racecourse.

“I enjoyed it and it was good to get some minutes before the start of the season,” said Forde.

“It was good to get a game with the lads.

“I have had plenty of game-time at Oxford in pre-season so I am ready to go.”

Forde has no qualms about dropping two divisions and is focussed on helping Wrexham, who are preparing for a 15th season in non-league, clinch promotion.

“It is an exciting time, that is what attracted me and where we are going to go,” said Forde.

“I just want to come here and try to help the club get up the leagues.

“It is definitely something different for me and my career.

“It is a drop down but at the end of the day Wrexham is a massive club and I am really excited.”

Reds’ boss Phil Parkinson is delighted to clinch the signing of Forde who will wear the number 14 shirt this season.

“We’re really pleased to get the deal done and to have Anthony here at the club,” said Parkinson.

“He’s played a lot of his football at Championship level, so it’s a really strong signing for us.”