JACOB MENDY has called James McClean a "different breed" and says his Wrexham team-mate is showing no sign of slowing down.

The duo are rivals for a place in Phil Parkinson's side in the left-back position but Mendy has nothing but respect for McClean, a former Republic of Ireland international.

Now aged 35, McClean has been praised for his high fitness levels by the Reds' boss and Mendy, who made his international debut for Gambia last season, is impressed with the veteran's athleticism.

Both players helped Wrexham finish runners-up in League Two last season, securing a second promotion in a row for the first time in the club's history, and Mendy enjoys the competition with McClean.

"James is a different breed. I don't know how he does it," said the 27-year-old.

"I really admire his work ethic.

"He is a very good player but he is a good man as well.

"I have a very good relationship with him."

Due to the form of the duo, Callum McFadzean was restricted to just five appearances last season and has been released by Parkinson.

McFadzean helped Wrexham secure the National League title following a record-breaking 2022-23 campaign and although he only played a bit-part last term, Mendy says he kept him and McClean on their toes.

"Callum trained really well," added Mendy.

"He was a really good man to have in the changing room and he is also a very good player.

"He played his part as well. He pushed us and made sure that we did well.

"If you see a team-mate do well, you also have to do well so that helps each other."