Sam Ricketts says he was sad to see Sam Wedgbury depart Wrexham , but insists the club will ‘fill the void’ left by the midfielder.

It was announced on Tuesday that Wedgbury’s Dragons contract had been terminated by mutual consent, the influential midfielder stating travelling reasons as his decision to ask to depart the Racecourse. Wedgbury, who signed a one-year extension in February, was commuting every day from the Sheffield area, and stated it was taking a toll, saying: “Living in Sheffield, the travel across to Wrexham for training has become increasingly difficult for me, following on from several seasons living away from the family home.”

Ricketts, who took over at Wrexham within four days of the end of the Dragon’s under-whelming season, says he had every sympathy for Wedgbury but had worked to try and persuade him to stay.

“It was a really hard decision and I certainly didn’t want him to go, and he has loved his time at the club,” said Ricketts of Wedgbury.

“I met him and we spoke very frankly and he had made his views heard before I was appointed. They were personal reasons as to why he wanted to cancel his contract. I met him and we spoke about it and I tried to see if there was anything I could do to help him, but ultimately he was in a position where I couldn’t and also didn’t want to stand in his way because he had good reasons.”

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