PHIL PARKINSON has responded to claims that an administrative error means that Jordan Tunnicliffe - one of nine players released at the end of last season - still has 12 months remaining on his contract.

The centre-back, who arrived at The Racecourse in the summer of 2022 from Crawley Town, was told he wasn't being offered a new deal by the Reds boss in May.

It was believed Tunnicliffe's deal had come to an end but it has been discovered that an error was made when the 30-year-old's contract was drawn up and the expiry date on the document was June 2025 rather than June 2024.

Parkinson confirmed that the contract dispute with Tunnicliffe, who suffered a series of injuries during his two year spell with the Reds and was restricted to 10 appearances in all competitions last term, has been referred to an independent body.

"Obviously there is an issue and it is being dealt with independently," said Parkinson, who saw Tunnicliffe last appear for Wrexham in the 1-0 defeat at Gillingham on February 24.

"That is all I can say on that at the moment.

"Of course it will be resolved but it has got to be dealt with independently and we will see what happens."

During his two seasons with Wrexham, Tunnicliffe made 41 appearances with 32 of those coming in the league.

He also scored two goals during the 2022-23 season, in wins away at Solihull Moors and Dagenham as Wrexham clinched the National League title.