JORDAN WHITE has backed Leighton McIntosh to be a success south of the border and says it was a case of 'what might have been' during his own spell at Wrexham.

McIntosh became Bryan Hughes' first new signing of the summer with the 26-year-old striker signing a one-year deal at The Racecourse after leaving Scottish League One side Airdrie.

Having started his career at Dundee, McIntosh had prolific spells with Peterhead and Arbroath before signing for Airdrie last summer, and he finished the 2018-19 campaign as the club's top scorer with 17 goals.

Although White says McIntosh can expect a different kind of test in non-league, he feels it is a challenge that his fellow Scot will thrive on because he knows where the goal is.

"By all accounts Leighton had a good season for Airdrie," said White.

"Hopefully he will go to Wrexham and do the business.

"It is different in terms of football. The guys are probably bigger and it is more physical in the National League whereas in Scotland they have got technical players.

"Don't get me wrong, the National League has got some cracking players although it is different.

"But if you can score goals, it does not matter where you play.

"He has got every chance as there are some good players around him."

White was signed by Gary Mills in the summer of 2016 but he contracted a bloodstream disease in pre-season and did not feature in the Wrexham first team until the end of November.

The frontman finished the season with a flourish, scoring five goals in as many games to take his tally to seven, but he was released by Dean Keates at the end of the campaign.

"That was the frustrating thing when I came down," said White.

"I scored seven goals but if I had a full season and did not go through that, I am confident and comfortable I would have scored more and things might have been different."

White had four successful campaigns in Scotland where he was a regular on the scoresheet for Livingston and Stirling Albion before arriving at The Racecourse, but the infection he contracted, which could have been terminal, proved to be a major setback.

Although White regrets making his comeback too soon, the 27-year-old believes he showed what he was capable of when fully fit as he ended 2016-17 among the goals before being released by Keates after one season with the Reds.

"I loved my time at Wrexham," said White. "I really took to the fans and enjoyed it there.

"It was my first ever injury when I came to Wrexham and I was eager to come back.

"If I am honest with myself I came back too soon, just because I had never been injured before.

"If I had to go back and do it again, I would have taken another one or two months off before I came right back into it.

"When I did feel good, that's when I started to do well.

"It was just unfortunate what happened at the start - it might have been a different story otherwise."

White, who had a spell with Barrow after leaving Wrexham before joining Inverness Caledonian Thistle, still takes a keen interest in his former club and was disappointed to see the Reds lose to Eastleigh in May's play-off eliminator.

"I always look out for Wrexham's results and I watched the game against Eastleigh, they did not deserve to lose," said White.

"Wrexham probably would have fancied themselves against Salford too but what can you do.

"It is a massive club, I just hope they can go back up."

White is confident Wrexham can follow Tranmere's lead and continue the success story if they can just clinch promotion from the National League.

"Tranmere went up and then got another promotion to League One," said White.

"If Wrexham go up, it could be a similar story. They have got the potential to do that.

"It's just getting the right mix of players and trying to keep the manager for a few seasons."

Wrexham, who saw Keates leave in March 2017 to join Walsall, challenged for promotion last season despite having three managers and White says stability is key.

"Wrexham were going well under Dean then he left," added White.

"It was pretty much the same last season.

"From a Wrexham fans point of view, it is frustrating they are doing so well and then it gets interrupted.

"If a manager leaves even in good spirits, it is always difficult."