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Faulconbridge placed on the transfer list

WREXHAM have put top scorer Craig Faulconbridge up for sale after negotiations over his new contract broke down.

WREXHAM have put top scorer Craig Faulconbridge up for sale after negotiations over his new contract broke down.

The 24-year-old striker can walk out of the Racecourse in April under the Bosman ruling, meaning cash-strapped Wrexham would miss out on a transfer windfall.

But team boss Denis Smith is determined not to let this happen and has put Faulconbridge on the transfer list.

He said: "It's my decision and it is what is best for the club.

"We made Craig an offer but he has not accepted it so we are putting him on sale before his contract runs out next summer.

"Nobody wants to sell their top goalscorer but, after the Bosman ruling, we can't afford to just let him go.It's a similar situation to Robbie Fowler's at Liverpool.

"We spoke to him this afternoon (Tuesday) but there is a limit to what we can offer him.

"The club has financial problems, and the shareholders knew it was bad even before the latest announcement. He can ask for that, that and that, but we can't afford to give it to him our gate on Saturday was only about two-and-a-half thousand people.

"Then again he might not go yet. Just because he's up for sale it doesn't mean that anyone will make a bid for him.

"With what he's asking for he'll need a First Division team to take an interest. There are teams in our division with bigger gate receipts and wallets, but not many."

Nuneaton-born Faulconbridge was due to miss Wrexham's re-arranged match with Bristol City on Saturday anyway, after picking up an ankle injury during his side's 3-2 victory on Saturday against Northampton Town.

He was replaced by Andy Morrell and that arrangement that could become permanant if Faulconbridge goes.

Smith, a former City manager, said: "When you've been in the game for as long as I have there's a link to a lot of clubs, but I'm looking forward to facing Bristol.

"It's a big club with expectant fans. We've got a few injuries, such as Dennis Lawrence with his toe and Steve Roberts, but for a change no suspensions.

"I'd like to say that we'd turned a corner last week with the win, and I'm sure the fans would like me to say that as well, but football is very unpredictable - that's the beauty of it."


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