Rob Evans believes Sam Ricketts’ extensive list of contacts will be invaluable as he strives to compile a Wrexham squad that will challenge for promotion.

Ricketts was a vastly experienced defender who played for the likes of Swansea City, Wolves and Coventry City, as well as winning 52 caps for Wales, before hanging up his boots in November 2016 because of a knee injury. Having been Wolves U16s lead coach before taking up his first managerial appointment with Wrexham, ex-Reds captain Evans says Ricketts won’t be short of people he can call on when it comes to bolstering his squad.

“Personally I think it is a great appointment,” said Evans. “He has done all his coaching badges plus he is Welsh!

“He is an experienced player who has had a lot of clubs from the National League up to the Premier League so he has got a lot of contacts. That is great for Wrexham so hopefully he makes some good signings, I wish him all the best.”

Midfielder Evans, 22, who came through the youth ranks at hometown club Wrexham, always felt Ricketts was primed for a career in management after the duo crossed paths a few years ago.

“When I was about 15 or 16 in Wales’ Victory Shield squad, Sam took a training session for a bit of experience while he was doing his badges,” said Evans. “He was still playing at the time but you could tell then he was a good coach.

“He was good with the youngsters and that will be good for the likes of Leo Smith at Wrexham. That was six or seven years ago but now he is more experienced in coaching and I think he will he will be a top coach at Wrexham.”

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