ANTHONY FORDE has celebrated joy and sorrow in the play-offs so the Irishman is focussed on clinching automatic promotion with Wrexham.

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

During his three-season stay at The Kassam Stadium, Forde was twice on the losing side in the League One play-off final as the U's were beaten by Blackpool and Wycombe Wanderers.

There was success for Forde when he helped Rotherham win the 2018 third tier final but having experienced the lottery of the play-offs at first hand, the utility player is targeting the title during Wrexham's 15th campaign in non-league.

"That has to be the aim," said Forde. "One hundred per cent it has got to be the goal.

"You have got to want to win the league.

"I have been in many play-offs in my career and you don't want to be in there. The play-off can be a lottery.

"The aim for this club should be, and it is, getting automatic promotion."