ANTHONY FORDE has thanked everyone connected with Wrexham Football Club for their "amazing" support following a difficult period for him and his family.

The 29-year-old was a regular in the side after joining the Reds from Oxford United in the summer of 2022, helping Phil Parkinson's side challenge for the National League title.

But Forde did not feature in the first-team for nearly two months after wife Laura was diagnosed with a brain tumor midway through last season before returning during the run-in, helping Wrexham clinch automatic promotion and return to the Football League following a 15-year absence.

It has been tough time but the support that the family has received means a lot to Forde.

"There has been some great support for the family," said the Irishman.

"It has been really nice.

"Everyone at the club has been amazing, from the people that work here to the fans.

"We have had some lovely messages and support, and we really appreciate everything."

Forde was given a leave of absence in the second half of last season but he was back in the side for the huge clash against Yeovil at The Racecourse on April 18 and he scored the opening goal in the 3-0 win, with Wrexham going onto clinch the title in the very next game by beating Boreham Wood 3-1.

His wife's health was of paramount importance but Forde was pleased to return to action.

"Of course I wanted to be out there and Laura wanted me to be out there as well," said Forde.

"It was great to come back and score that goal against Yeovil."

Forde, who has made 11 appearances in all competitions this season to help Wrexham climb up to second in League Two, is looking to the future, adding: "All that is behind us now.

"We are focussing on what is now. Things are a lot better than they were.

"We are trying get back to as normal as we can be and crack on with things."