Hollywood actors Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney have completed the takeover of Vanarama National League side Wrexham AFC.
The duo have taken 100 per cent control of the club from the Wrexham Supporters Trust (WST) with a £2 million investment into the club under the terms of the agreement.
In a statement from Wrexham AFC, the club revealed that £50,000 would also be channeled into enhancing the "women's football programme and increase participation at all levels", as well as noting that "first-team player identification will be a priority, so the club is in the best possible position for the summer transfer window."
To make the celebration of their confirmed takeover, both Reynolds and McElhenney updated their Twitter names to 'Wryan' and 'Wrob'. The pair have vowed to use their money, marketing and fame to launch Wrexham's future endeavours, which is hoped will see a return to the football league and a documentary, highlighting the new era under the stars.
“It is a special day for the two of us to become the latest stewards in the long and storied history of Wrexham AFC," started Reynolds and McElhenney in a joint statement.
"Together with the players, the staff, the fans, and the local community, we can now pursue our goal to grow the team and return it to the EFL in front of increased attendances, and in an improved stadium, while making a positive difference to the wider community in Wrexham.
"We are in the process of developing an outstanding team off-the-field by combining the know-how of the committed club staff and volunteers with new hires and experienced advisors. Our CEO search is progressing, and we expect to have someone in place before the end of the season.
“All of these people will help us create the kind of commercial opportunities that the third-oldest club in the world deserves, and we will reinvest that revenue back into Wrexham AFC and the community.
“2020 was a difficult year and there are likely to be further public health challenges in the months ahead, but we hope to be cheering the team on from the stands as soon as it’s safe to do so in 2021.”
Author: Jake Wilkin