Actors Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney have been announced by Wrexham Football Club as possible investors in the National League side.
Reynolds, the Hollywood star known for his role in Deadpool and McElhenney as the creator and star of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, will be given the opportunity to “put forward their vision” for the future of Wrexham AFC at a special general meeting after the Wrexham Supporters Trust Board voted greatly in favour of moving forward with the bid.
Wrexham, which has been in fan ownership since 2011, could see up to £2 million invested in the club if the takeover was to materialise.
A statement from Wrexham AFC’s website read: “As confirmed this morning, 97.5% of voters (1,223 members) voted in favour of the resolution. As a result, talks with the proposed bidders will now continue and we are in a position to confirm the two people interested in investing in Wrexham AFC.
“In due course, Mr McElhenney and Mr Reynolds will put forward their vision for Wrexham AFC and proposal for members to vote on at a second special general meeting.”
Reynolds was revealed to be one of the highest earners in Hollywood last year after appearing in numerous films and is also a stakeholder in Aviation American Gin, which was purchased by drinks giant Diageo last month.
The National League side publicised last week that they had been subject to interest from very well-known individuals but couldn’t unveil their names until they had received permission from its members.
Speaking before the names had been confirmed, Trust director Spencer Harris told BBC Wales: “All we're going to commit to - because we're not going to put pressure on ourselves - is that we will conclude the discussions as soon as possible.
“We will get to a position when the potential investors put forward a deal and the next stage… we would put that in front of the members for a vote if they wish to proceed with that deal or not.”
During the special general meeting, the Trust told its members that professional advisers had been brought in and they confirmed that the offer from the A-listers was credible and now a firm proposal will be sought after.
Reynolds and McElhenney’s reason for purchasing the club is still unknown at this time and has been generally viewed as a surprise.
Shortly after the news had been revealed, Reynolds himself shared a post from back in 2012 stating “you never know when Ryan Reynolds is going to turn up in Wrexham”, quoting the tweet himself saying “Yep, you never know.”
Author: Jake Wilkin