wrexham, League Two club snap up Wrexham favourite after summer release

League Two club snap up Wrexham favourite after summer release

Wrexham released club captain Luke Young earlier this summer and now, he has been snapped up by Cheltenham Town.

Wrexham bid farewell to midfielder Young earlier this summer as his stay at the Racecourse Ground came to an end after six years.

The 31-year-old played 246 times for the Red Dragons, with 33 of those outings coming in the 2023/24 season. He played a key role in helping Phil Parkinson’s side win another promotion but as they head to League One, Young heads for pastures new.

wrexham, League Two club snap up Wrexham favourite after summer release
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His deal officially expires later this month, and it hasn’t taken long for him to find a new club.

As announced on the club’s official website, relegated Cheltenham Town have moved to snap up Young on a free transfer after his exit from Wrexham. The length of his deal is not mentioned in the confirmation of his signing, but he will link up with Michael Flynn and co ahead of next season.

It marks a move back towards the south for Young, who had previously played for Torquay United and hometown club Plymouth Argyle.

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It’s not much of a surprise that Young has swiftly found a new club following his Wrexham release.

A player of his experience and leadership was bound to draw interest and Cheltenham Town look to have secured his services. In Young, they recruit a midfielder who has spent much of his career at National League level, but he’s found plenty of success in League Two with both Wrexham and Plymouth Argyle over the years.

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He plays almost exclusively as a central midfielder, though he can comfortably operate deeper as a defensive midfielder or in a more advanced attacking role.

wrexham, League Two club snap up Wrexham favourite after summer release
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Young’s arrival marks another new addition for Cheltenham under new boss Michael Flynn. The Robins have brought in Harry Pell, Scot Bennett and Ryan Haynes so far, so it will be hoped that more fresh faces will follow in the near future.

Meanwhile at Wrexham

As Young bids a fond farewell to Wrexham, the Red Dragons are focusing on preparing for another step up as they make their way to League One.

Expect them to be on more of a level playing field financially with some prestigious and wealthy clubs in the third-tier. The hope will be that they can push for another promotion, but the competition will be considerably stronger for a historic third consecutive rise in division.

No new signings have been made just yet with the window not even open for a week.

The departures of some fringe players has opened the door for fresh additions. After some exciting signings in previous years, there’s anticipation over just what this summer could bring.

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