MARK HOWARD believes Phil Parkinson can tempt top players to Wrexham because of the rewards than come with playing for Hollywood owners.

Parkinson has guided the Reds to back-to-back promotions for the first time in the club's history and is looking to strengthen his squad ahead of the new League One season.

On both occasions after going up, the Wrexham players continued the celebrations on an all-expenses-paid lavish bash in Las Vegas, with co-chairmen Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney funding the trip.

Parkinson is yet to complete his first new signing of the summer but goalkeeper Howard, who has been offered a new contract, feels the Reds' boss won't struggle to lure transfer targets to The Racecourse because the club has huge pulling power.

"The owners did an unbelievable job of looking after the players again in Vegas," said Howard, who made 10 appearances last season as Wrexham finished runners-up in League Two.

"It’s something that we don’t take lightly and is very much appreciated as players. It’s not what we expect, but it’s something that is rewarded for our efforts. 

"They took us to some of the best pool parties, nightclubs and some of the best restaurants I have ever eaten in. We don’t take our hospitality for granted. It was an incredible time.

"The club really do wine and dine you well, it really does create a good team spirit and camaraderie with everyone.

“It’s four days away intensely living with each other but you end up talking more, getting to know each other more in an intense environment and fuelled by a little bit of drink as well.

"There were a lot of other football clubs there at the same time and to say we are in that mix with that calibre of teams is obviously a huge pull. I really think that it’s a big deal for potential signings. 

"To see that the club are doing things like that and rewarding their players for achievements and winning promotion doesn't go unnoticed.

"It might be a pull for a player from a league above to say, ‘If I go there and be part of that I might end up being rewarded with a trip to Vegas."

Howard, who counts Sheffield United, Bolton, Blackpool and Carlisle among his former clubs, enjoyed the promotion celebrations in Sin City with his team-mates and the 37-year-old was delighted that McElhenney was able to link up with the players.

"Rob and his wife Kaitlin came out to join us for a couple of days," added Howard.

"As owners everyone has seen that they just want to embrace everything and that they are always looking to get involved. It's never for show. 

"Unfortunately Ryan couldn’t make it with the release of his new film. He was really missed.

"We didn’t meet any famous people or have anyone paraded over to us. It was just all about us as a group enjoying the time and being rewarded for winning promotion again."

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