Sam Ricketts has played down speculation linking him with the vacant manager’s job at Shrewsbury, The Leader say.

The former Wales international, appointed Wrexham boss in May, is bookmakers’ favourite to succeed John Askey who was sacked by the League One club last week.

But with Wrexham among the National League frontrunners, Ricketts insists him being put forward for the position is recognition of the progress made at The Racecourse this season.

“It is flattering for me, it is flattering for the club, ultimately I look at that as saying I am doing my job,” said Ricketts, who saw Wrexham come from behind to draw 1-1 at Maidstone on Saturday.

“I was brought into this club to try and get this club to realise its potential.

“If I am not doing that then I don’t think anyone would be noticing what Wrexham as a club are doing.

“But it is not just me, myself, my staff, players and people behind the scenes who do an awful lot of work to see us where we are in the table.”

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