ELLIOT LEE wanted to be back playing in League One when he signed for Wrexham and the playmaker has achieved his goal ahead of schedule.

The 29-year-old put pen to paper on a three-year deal when he arrived at The Racecourse in July 2022 from Luton Town and he helped Phil Parkinson's men clinch the National League title following a record-breaking 2022-23 campaign.

The success story continued after Wrexham thrashed bottom of the table Forest Green Rovers 6-0 at home on Saturday to guarantee a top-three finish in League Two with two games remaining.

Lee, who counts Oxford and Charlton among his former clubs, was targeting a return to the third tier after joining Wrexham and he's realised his goal.

"It is incredible," said Lee, who has signed a contract extension to the end of the 2026-27 season. "This is why I joined this special club in the first place, this was always my aim.

"I signed a three-year deal initially and I said if I could be in League One by the end of it, then I would be more than happy.

"It is an incredible feeling to know that all the hard work has paid off over the last two years.

"This is what we all wanted and we knew we could do it in this league. It is unreal."

Lee, the only player in the squad who has featured in every league game this season, scored the opening goal against Forest Green to take his tally to 16 goals in 2023-24.

Wrexham stepped up to the plate when it mattered most in the run-in and Lee says the Reds' players thrive on the pressure.

"This is why we play the game," he said.

"High-pressure games but that is what it is like when you get down to the end of the season.

"These are the moments when you grow up why you want to play football and play in these games.

"Without the pressure and the nerves, you don't get these feelings; the joy of everyone around Wrexham and all the fans supporting us all over the world.

"It is an incredible feeling and one that if you could bottle up, it would be amazing.

"We'll make the most of it. There's two games to go but we'll enjoy this moment because this is what we've all worked so hard for."

Wrexham knew automatic promotion would be secured if they won and MK Dons and Barrow dropped points in their matches.

Mansfield came from behind to beat MK Dons 4-1 and Barrow lost 3-0 to Gillingham and Lee revealed the moment when he knew that Wrexham, coasting to victory against Forest Green, were on their way up to League One.

"I didn't know anything until we scored the sixth goal," he added.

"Eoghan O'Connell came up to me and said 'they are both losing'. I don't know how he knew!

"That was when I was like 'wow, this could actually be it'.

"Most of us didn't expect it. We just wanted to go about our business, win our game and see what happens.

"When you saw the fans starting to crowd around the pitch, you knew something good had happened and we might have done it.

"It's just a special feeling and even better because we didn't expect it today but we took care of our business and results went our way."