CALLUM MCFADZEAN didn't get as much game-time as he wanted this season but he leaves Wrexham happy in the knowledge he's a back-to-back promotion winner.

The 30-year-old arrived at The Racecourse from Crewe Alexandra in January 2022 and although there was play-off disappointment in his first season with the Reds, success quickly followed.

Competing with Jacob Mendy in the left wing-back role, McFadzean made 31 appearances in all competitions as Wrexham clinched the National League title following a record-breaking 2022-23 campaign.

But McFadzean played through the pain barrier because of a hernia problem and underwent surgery last summer, and he admits he was playing catch-up when the players returned for pre-season training.

Left out of Phil Parkinson's 22-man squad for the first half of the 2023-24 campaign, McFadzean only played in three cup games before earning a place on the updated list after the January transfer window closed.

He made two substitute appearances during the run-in as Wrexham finished runners-up in League Two, securing a second promotion in a row for the first time in the club's history.

McFadzean has been released by Parkinson and although he found opportunities limited in his final season at Wrexham, he has no regrets.

"It was a bit frustrating with the injury," said McFadzean. "It wasn't ideal having an operation going into the off-season.

"I just got to the end of my rehab and then it was straight into the start of pre-season.

"I couldn't really do much leading into it and I was a bit behind going into pre-season.

"But I loved my time at Wrexham, it was great and obviously we had a lot of success with the owners so it couldn't have gone any better in that respect.

"The aim was to get promoted from the National League and to do it the way we did was even better.

"I also played more than 30 games and during part of that, I was playing with the injury as well but it got to the point where I physically couldn't do any more."

McFadzean, who faced competition in his position from James McClean as well as Mendy this season, was restricted to five appearances but he was right behind his team-mates.

And as well as being out of the squad for the first half of the season, there was also personal heartbreak for the defender to deal with.

"I lost my mum last season as well and not being involved as much meant I spent time with the family and got through all that," he said.

"In a way not playing was a bit of a blessing in disguise."