One of the stranger sporting stories in recent months came via the news that Hollywood stars Rob McElhenney and Ryan Reynolds had completed a takeover of National League side Wrexham.
A marriage between A-list actors and a club in the fifth tier of English football seems like an odd one, although they seem all in on the idea of improving the fortunes of the Welsh team.
The pair are though to have big ambitions for the club, something that is already having an impact.
Wrexham today completed the signing of striker Paul Mullins from Cambridge City.
It is a huge coup for them, signing a player who smashed the League Two scoring record with 32 goals for Cambridge United in their promotion campaign.
While it was expected he would be stepping up a level to League One next season, he has turned down the contract offer from Cambridge in order to move down to the Conference with Wrexham.
It seems an odd move, but it is one It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia star McElhenney played a major role in.
Speaking to the club's official website, 26-year old Mullins revealed that it was a call from the American that convinced him to sign for Wrexham:
I’m made up, it’s been a long summer for me and now I can look forward to the season ahead, and I’m excited to get going at Wrexham.
The ambition of the Club attracted me here. Rob McElhenney gave me a call a couple of nights ago – at that time, I wasn’t too sure about making the move – but once he outlined the plans for the Club, and the plans for me in the future, it was something I really wanted to be a part of and something that just excited me that much that I had to come.
He really sold the Club to me. What they have planned for the Club is magnificent and something I want to be a part of.
McElhenney certainly seemed excited about the deal on his Twitter account.
I’ve learned in my business that stars are able to shine because of the people around them. @PMullin7 is a star. But based on our conversation I can tell you that he, too, recognizes the vital integrity of a team. What a player. What a TEAM. Let’s go. @Wrexham_AFC 🏴 https://t.co/gLYuEsLpFt
— Rob McElhenney (@RMcElhenney) July 23, 2021
Wrexham will surely be amongst the favourites to earn promotion to the Football League next season with signings such as this one.