The re-building of the Wrexham squad continues with the arrival of forward Chris Holroyd, who played in Sunday’s Buildbase FA Trophy Final for Macclesfield Town as they lost out to a late York City goal at Wembley.
With some 400 senior appearances in a senior career that started out as a scholar with Chester, making his debut as a late substitute in a Cross Border derby at the Deva – the Reds winning 2-1 in August 2006.
Two years later, Holroyd left Chester by mutual consent, with a season remaining on his contract, to sign for Conference (National League) side Cambridge United, scoring ten goals in his first season with the club.
In the next season, his goalscoring form, which saw him score 18 goals during the first half of the 2009/10 campaign, culminated in a move to then-League One side Brighton & Hove Albion for an undisclosed fee in January 2010.
During the following September, he switched to Stevenage on a three-month loan deal, scoring 6 goals in a dozen starts. He was then loaned out again in March 2011, this time to Bury, although playing just a handful of games for the Shakers.
At the end of the 2010/11 season, he was released by Brighton and subsequently moved to Rotherham United. Yet only six months later, he was on the move again, this time joining Preston North End for an undisclosed fee.
In September 2012, the striker was taken by Macclesfield on loan until January 2013. On returning to his parent club, his contract was cancelled by mutual consent, allowing him to sign for Morecambe on a free transfer for the rest of that season.
In the summer of 2013, Holroyd returned to Moss Rose and began a four-year stint with Macclesfield that saw him score 27 goals (13 of them in 2016/17) in 160 appearances.
Born in Cheshire, the 30-year-old has arrived at the Racecourse on a one-year deal.
@Wrexham_AFC We of course thank Chris for his efforts and wish him well for the future.
— Macclesfield Town (@thesilkmen) May 23, 2017
And it`s a welcome return to the Racecourse for left-back James Jennings, who played the second half of last season with the Reds and quickly established himself as a favourite with supporters.
The 29-year-old was signed by Cheltenham Town last summer from neighbours Forest Green Rovers, after they won promotion back into the Football League.
Yet after playing in five games in August, he was shipped out on loan to Morecambe before the transfer window closed.
Some fifteen appearances followed for the Shrimps, but their financial issues meant his initial loan period wasn’t extended, allowing manager Dean Keates to step in smartly and snap up the defender in early January.
Only missing three games, due to a post-match fracas at Chester FC, the Manchester-based player was a regular in the club’s back line and ensured that we secured their place in the division well before the end of the season.
Jennings joins on permanent basis, after agreeing a two-year contract.
Initially a youth player with Manchester City, he switched to Macclesfield Town in 2006 as an 18-year-old.
After three seasons at Moss Rose, it was onto Kettering Town in 2009, which altered Cambridge United and they paid a fee to take him along the A14 just twelve months later.
Made vice-captain by the U’s, he played 100 league games for them and signed an extended contract, before Mansfield Town took him to Field Mill in January 2013.
Where he helped the Stags to the Conference (National League) title that summer and spent a season back in the Football League.
Forest Green came calling in 2014 and he signed a two-year deal, but suffered cruciate ligament damage in pre-season and missed the whole of league campaign, before being fit enough to be included in the play-off semi-final against Bristol Rovers.
In 2015/16, he played regularly and helped Rovers to second place in the league before going onto the Promotion Final, although that ended in defeat to Grimsby Town at Wembley.
His displays also earned him a place in the 2016 Vanarama team of the year, as picked by all the league managers.