Former Wrexham midfielder Elliott Durrell has admitted he came close to returning to the club this summer.

Durrell, who made 30 appearances for the Reds in the 2014-15 season, was approached by ex-manager Bryan Hughes as a potential transfer target.

But the move failed to materialise, with Durrell subsequently snapped up by National League North leaders York City.

“I spoke with the manager at the time who was keen to sign me,” said the 30 -year-old playmaker.

“It was all very positive. I was desperate to go back there and I thought it would go through, but I don’t think the budget was available for them to bring me in.

“My agent was in touch with the club but it wasn’t something they could get done.

“After that I became aware of York’s interest in me and it was a move I was happy to make.”

Signed by Andy Morrell from Hednesford Town, Durrell’s solitary season at the Racecourse was disrupted by persistent injury.

Despite being released by the club the following year, Durrell retains a fondness for Wrexham and the club’s supporters.

He added: “I’ve always said that Wrexham was the right club for me at the wrong time.

“Signing my first professional contract there was massive for me. But at the time I struggled pretty badly with injuries and I’d just become a dad.

“I wanted to prove myself there and I don’t feel like the supporters saw the best of me.

“Wrexham’s a great club with a proud history that goes back a long time.

“As a player I’d hoped I’d get the chance to return there and set the record straight, but it hasn’t turned out that way.”

Asked for his thoughts on Wrexham’s poor start to the season and the managerial turmoil that ensued, Durrell is hopeful of a swift resolution.

“I don’t know what’s gone wrong there this season,” he added.

“There are high expectations at the club and rightly so. But no club has a divine right to be back in the Football League.

“It takes a big effort to get out of their league they’re in and I hope they can do it.

“There are some quality players in that squad and I just hope they make the right appointment and get someone in who can turn things around there.”