Following his exit from Carlisle United, after cancelling his contract with the Cumbrians by mutual consent, experienced midfielder Russell Penn will be joining Wrexham for the rest of this season.

Born in Dudley, Penn began his career as schoolboy at Birmingham City before a very brief stay at Kidderminster and then moving onto join the youth ranks at Scunthorpe United’s in July 2002.

He turned pro at Glandford Park, but didn’t make his debut before moving back to Kidderminster Harriers on a free transfer in the summer of 2005.

Penn went on to make over 150 appearances for the club, and also played for the England C side during his time there. He then joined newly promoted League Two side Burton Albion in July 2009, for a fee of around £30,000.

His success at the Pirelli earned him a move to Cheltenham Town on a free transfer in 2011, after he rejected a new contract from Burton

Following the departure of club captain Alan Bennett in the January 2013 transfer window, Penn was named the new club captain by Cheltenham manager Mark Yates.

Following over 100 appearances, Russell signed for League Two rivals York City on a two-and-a-half-year contract for an undisclosed fee in January 2014.

Despite relegation from the Football in 2016, the Minstermen offered him a new contract, but he close to switch to Carlisle United on a one-year contract.

He played just twice for the Brunton Park side, both times fleeting subs appearances, as United made an unbeaten start to the season, before accepting a short-term month loan spell with  Gateshead, that ended up lasting 16 games and only expiring after the maximum allowed period of 93 days.

Having returned to Cumbria following the Heed’s Boxing Day fixture, he decided to cancel his contract with Carlisle, to look elsewhere for opportunities continue his career. This alerted Dean Keates and after talk between the pair, Russell has opted to sign on at the Racecourse.

He has put pen to paper on a contract this morning and an application has been made for his International Clearance.


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