MICKEY THOMAS believes players will be queueing up to join Wrexham the summer.

Reds boss Phil Parkinson released nine players and has already lined up new recruits he would like to attract to The Racecourse.

“You’d expect three or four new signings at least,” said Reds legend Thomas, who was a regular at home games last season.

“Recruitment is key and Phil will already have the players he wants on his radar. And he’ll be looking for quality and League One is a really big step up.

“But I can’t see him having problems enticing quality players to sign.

“With everything that’s happening at Wrexham since Ryan and Rob took over, Wrexham is an attractive option for players from higher leagues and they pay decent money too.”

Parkinson snapped up seasoned internationals James McClean and Steven Fletcher (pictured above) last season and former England number one Ben Foster also bought into the Wrexham dream by coming out of retirement to sign for Reds.

“It’s going to be an exciting summer and an exciting season again,” added Thomas, who made more than 300 appearances for Wrexham in two spells with the club.

“Expectations will again be high - as they always are at Wrexham - but it may be a case of consolidation first this season.

“There’s not much difference between the National League and League Two but there’s more quality in League One.

“There’s also a lot of good teams - proper teams with good backing - who will be competing with Wrexham.

“The three teams coming down from the Championship will be aiming to go straight up and then you’ve got the likes of Barnsley and Bolton.

“The Bolton games will be good ones and that’s who I scored my first Wrexham goal against at The Racecourse back in 1972 - and it was my right foot too!”