RYAN BARNETT is excited for the fixtures to come out next month.

Wrexham will come up against the likes of Birmingham City, Bolton Wanderers, Barnsley, Huddersfield Town and Charlton Athletic in League One next season.

“There are obviously some big teams in there and some nice stadiums that we will be visiting but we will go into every game not worrying about what stadium we are playing in and what crowds we are playing in front of,” said Barnett, who has played a big part in Wrexham’s rise from the National League and League Two last season.

“We will just focus on getting the three points, that is something that the manager has instilled in us as players.”

Barnett, brought in from Solihull Moors in February 2023, made 37 appearances in all competitions this season.

That was despite being sidelined for two months due to an MCL tear sustained in the 2-1 home win against Sutton United on October 24.

“I don’t think it could have gone any better for me,” added Barnett. “I know I had a little set-back this season that rocked me a little bit. It was the first injury in my career and I had to get my head around the fact I wasn’t available for an ‘x’ amount of time.

“You just have to come back stronger and try to get yourself back in the team, and luckily I did that and built up a run of games towards the end, and we got the points that we needed

“I managed to rack up 30-odd appearances which is positive considering the injury.

“It was something that was still bothering me through the season but I learnt to play through it and manage it. I don’t think a footballer is ever 100 per cent fit.”

Max Cleworth, meanwhile, has revealed that team-mate Barnett played a big part in the young defender grabbing his first league goal for Wrexham.

It was a crucial strike when centre back Cleworth came up with the late winner in a vital 2-1 win at Colchester United.

It started an end-of-season run of five straight wins and culminated in the Reds claiming a runners-up finish in League Two, making it back-to-back promotions for the first time in the club’s history.

Cleworth told the Fearless in Devotion podcast: “I think Barney (Ryan Barnett) and Dalbs (Sam Dalby) said it came off my nose!

“So, I was getting a bit of stick for that! But, just in general, they were all dead happy for me.

“Said it was a goal I deserved, so everyone was dead nice to me about it.

“I’d had a bit of stick off Aaron Hayden and Toz (Ben Tozer) saying, ‘when are you going to score?’.

“So, it was finally nice to get that league goal and for it to be a winner at that stage of the season obviously meant a bit more.”