PHIL PARKINSON moved quickly when he found out George Dobson was available because he feels the midfielder has a lot to offer Wrexham on and off the pitch.

Dobson has become the third new signing of the summer, putting pen to paper on a three-year deal at The Racecourse.

The 26-year-old decided to leave Charlton Athletic, where he was captain, at the end of last season and was poised to complete a move to Fehérvár having signed a pre-contract agreement with the Hungarian club.

However, he had a change of heart due to personal circumstances and just days later he was reunited with  Parkinson who he played under at Sunderland.

"I had George briefly at Sunderland. Obviously he was younger then but I have monitored his progress since then," said the Reds' boss.

"I was aware he'd signed for a Hungarian team and we found out his contract had been cancelled because of personal reasons so we moved quickly.

"We had a chat with him and it was great to get him up here.

"We've had him in training this week ready for the America tour.

"George is a great signing for us. He is a good age and has got his best years ahead of him.

"He has played a lot of football at this level and he is a good player.

"He is a good character and he will offer us a lot on and off the pitch."

Parkinson, who has also brought in goalkeeper Arthur Okonkwo and centre-back Lewis Brunt this summer, is targeting more new signings.

"That's three so far and we are just assessing other options," he said.

"We are in talks with a number of players, some may happen and some may not.

“I don’t want to put a number on how many more signings.

"We are just looking at the players in training and piecing the squad together.

"It's like a jigsaw and you want to get that right; make sure we have got that strength in depth in all areas with the quality we are going to need in a very competitive division."

When asked whether anyone will join the Reds before the opening pre-season friendly at Hanley Town on Saturday, Parkinson added: ""I wouldn't rule it out."

Clubs in League One are limited to a 22-man squad, although that number does not include goalkeepers or players who were under the age of 21 at the start of the calendar year.

With 23 senior outfield players currently on the books, Parkinson admits some could head out on loan before the campaign starts with a home game against Wycombe Wanderers on August 10.

"There's players who know a loan move is a possibility," he added.

"Will that happen before America? Probably not, it looks like after.

"You have got to make the numbers add up. It is a balancing  act and a number of clubs will be working towards it at the moment."