Wrexham defender forced to retire aged just 28 due to injury woes

Wrexham defender Harry Lennon forced to retire aged just 28 after injuries disrupted promotion-winning season, with centre back restricted to one National League outing

  • The centre back made just one appearance in the National League last season 
  • He featured in the FA Cup defeat by Sheffield United before undergoing surgery 
  • Wrexham have released a full XI’s worth of stars ahead of their League Two push 

Wrexham defender Harry Lennon has been forced to retire aged just 28 due to his injury woes, with the centre back among a group of 11 players leaving the club. 

Lennon confirmed to the National League champions that he wished to hang up his boots in light of a number of niggles, despite signing a one-year deal last summer. 

An academy graduate at Charlton, Lennon also spent spells with Cambridge, Gillingham and Southend and held an option of an extra 12 months at Wrexham. 

Wrexham ended their 15-year Football League absence under Hollywood owners Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney and are now set to shake up their squad.

On Lennon’s retirement, the club said: ‘We would also like to wish Harry Lennon the very best, following his decision to retire as a result of the injuries he has suffered.’

Wrexham defender Harry Lennon has been forced to retire aged just 28 due to his injury woes

Co-owners Ryan Reynolds (right) and Rob McElhenney (left) inspired the club’s promotion

Ahead of their return to the Football League, Wrexham have looked to tie down key players

Lennon made just one National League appearance last campaign but featured in the FA Cup fourth-round defeat by Sheffield United. In total, he played 17 times during a heavily disrupted year before undergoing back surgery.

But while a full XI’s worth of players have exited the club, Wrexham have also moved to tie down the futures of their key names, including red-hot striker Paul Mullin.

Mullin scored a sensational 47 goals in 53 appearances last season and Reynolds and McElhenney have made good on their promise to support manager Phil Parkinson. 

Indeed, frontman Mullin, goalkeeper Mark Howard and winger Anthony Forde have all seen their contracts extended after the promotion, while similar options have also been taken up on the deals for Scott Butler and Aaron James.

Wrexham will hold talks with Ben Foster, meanwhile, after the goalkeeper impressed following his decision to come out of retirement and pen a short-term deal.

Paul Mullin’s deal has been extended after the red-hot striker scored 47 goals last campaign

Talks will be held with Ben Foster, the goalkeeper having impressed during his short-term stay

Foster played eight times during the club’s promotion run-in and memorably saved a last-gasp penalty in a 3-2 win over promotion rivals Notts County in April.

And next season, the Welsh side will reignite their rivalry with the Magpies in League Two, with Luke Williams’ side having won the play-offs after defeating Chesterfield. 

Both Reynolds and McElhenny congratulated the victors, who finished second behind Wrexham with 107 points, following their moment of glory at Wembley.

Tweeting after County’s win, Reynolds wrote: ‘Congratulations @Official_NCFC!!!! What a game, what a season, what heart. We will see you in the EFL next.’

McElhenney then added: ‘Never a doubt. Congratulations @Official_NCFC!!!!!!! What an extraordinary run. See you next year ;).’

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