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Wrexham sign goalkeeper Okonkwo on permanent deal

Arthur Okonkwo
Arthur Okonkwo made 40 appearances in all competitions for Wrexham last season [Getty Images]

Wrexham have signed goalkeeper Arthur Okonkwo on a three-year deal following his release from Arsenal.

The 22-year-old spent last season on loan at the club, helping them win promotion into League One.

Okonkwo, who kept 16 clean sheets during the season, will join the club on 1 July when his contract with Arsenal expires.

"I’m feeling very good, I’m so happy to have finally signed and I can’t wait to get back to it," said Okonkwo.

"It was amazing last season. We had so many good memories together with the fans, and knowing they wanted me back was a big reason that I’m back. It’s good to finally be here.

"This is home, it’s felt like that since last season when I came in. The co-chairmen are so good, the manager, the coaches, the players, and obviously the backroom staff that you don’t see. It’s so good to be here."

Wrexham manager Phil Parkinson had previously spoke of his desire to bring Okonkwo back to the Racecourse, and said it is "a great first signing of the summer".

“We’re delighted with the signing. It’s such an important one for us," said Parkinson.

“Arthur was outstanding for us last year, and since the season finished we’ve worked really hard to secure the signing."

Meanwhile, defender Aaron James is the latest player to agree a new one-year contract with the League One-bound club.

The 18-year-old signed his first professional deal in December 2021 and made his debut against Altrincham in the FA Trophy in January 2023.

He made his first league start for Wrexham against Salford City last season.

“I’ve had a really good season last season and it’ll be good to push on, get some more experience and hopefully get a few more games on a regular basis,” James said.

“I’m delighted to sign a new deal. My family are from the area and it’ll be great to continue here, continue growing and developing with the club next year as well.”

Veterans Mark Howard and Steven Fletcher have also signed one-year contract extensions with the north Wales side.