Wrexham star striker Paul Mullin praised the membership’s ‘all the way down to earth’ Hollywood homeowners, Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney, for not solely remodeling the crew, however the metropolis too.
Mullin is arguably essentially the most recognisable face at Wrexham – after their A-list homeowners – together with his whopping 55 targets in 71 video games taking the Welsh side to new heights.
Signed in 2021 from Cambridge United after a record-breaking 34-goal season, Mullin has fired the aspect to a file of 1 loss of their final 28 video games, and he’s this season’s FA Cup top scorer with six goals.
He’ll get an opportunity so as to add to that tally on Sunday, after they tackle Sheffield United within the fourth spherical – with commentary live on talkSPORT.
The 28-year-old Liverpool and Everton academy product can be closely featured within the Disney+ documentary ‘Welcome to Wrexham’ together with his large signing instrumental within the crew’s huge change in fortunes.
On high of that, he’s additionally starred in a hilarious advert the place he’s gone head-to-head with Deadpool famous person Reynolds, which is now one thing the gamers are used to because of their homeowners’ all the way down to earth nature.
Chatting with talkSPORT.com, Mullin mentioned: “I feel each Rob and Ryan are actually good at making everybody really feel snug, that’s one in all their strengths.
“The way in which they have been perceived on the planet – which they’re in their very own proper – as huge A-list superstars, however for us they’re simply regular folks.
“They actually attempt to get that throughout to you that they’re identical to you, they usually’re simply actually profitable at their jobs and it’s the identical as us, we need to achieve success like them.
“They are great owners and they do keep in touch and have very open conversations, if you want to speak to them you can, they’re always there to give you a helping hand and sometimes they’ll check up on you and how the family’s doing which is fantastic.”
Put simply, Reynolds is one of the most famous people in the world, with over 47million followers on Instagram, a star on the Hollywood walk of fame, and a movie history that’s grossed well into the tens of billions.
So when he began following Mullin on social media, it’s fair to say that there was a noticeable difference.
The 28-year-old explained: “It just happens but it’s obviously quite surreal, but you sort of get used to it, you take it in your stride when these things happen.
“At first when Ryan first added me on Instagram and Rob’s Tweeting me and things, it’s sort of like ‘what’s going on here? My followers are blowing up!’
“It’s form of turn out to be fairly normalised now and they’re simply regular folks, they’re simply actually all the way down to earth and for us that helps loads as a set of lads we’re the identical.”
However from social media to actuality, Mullin is now a star in his personal proper, squaring as much as Reynolds as he nailed his scene appearing alongside his new Hollywood pal in a membership advert.
“I didn’t know I used to be doing it till I got here in within the morning after which Ryan’s came visiting and instructed us what he was over for,” he mentioned.
“He deliberate it and he wrote all the script himself so when he requested me to do this half it was fairly daunting as a result of I hadn’t carried out it earlier than, however surprisingly it didn’t really want that many takes from my finish.
“It was simply a type of issues I managed to get my head spherical and there have been a few giggles right here and there however I didn’t thoughts doing it, it was fairly pleasurable, it’s not typically you get to see a Hollywood famous person do their appearing in entrance of you and to be a part of it was nice.”
Nevertheless it’s not simply the membership that’s feeling the distinction, it’s the town too.
It’s All the time Sunny in Philadelphia creator and star McElhenney says his curiosity in Wrexham was because of its similarities to his dwelling metropolis of Philly.
That implies that not solely are they making an attempt to assist the membership, but in addition the city, and as Mullin explains, it’s definitely real.
“I can solely say from after I signed for the membership however since I acquired right here it’s been nothing however the homeowners making an attempt to assist the group and the membership progress to the subsequent stage,” he mentioned.
“The stuff they do for the meals banks and the encompassing areas, the eye they’ve delivered to Wrexham, they’ve acquired folks coming to help from afar.
“They arrive to look at us play and there’s younger youngsters now who need to help Wrexham, I’ve had loads of Tweets and messages about how over the previous few years the younger youngsters have been strolling round in Liverpool in Manchester United and Chelsea shirts, all the highest groups, youngsters with [Mohamed] Salah on the again.
“They’re now all happy with their Wrexham tops with Mullin on the again or [Ollie] Palmer or [Aaron] Hayden so it’s nice to see and hopefully it may possibly preserve taking the group ahead as a result of they’re actually dedicated to coming to the video games, they work exhausting for his or her cash however they spend it coming to look at us so we’ll attempt to repay them.
“It’s good to have homeowners which are so accessible, that helps, I feel being a decrease league membership permits that, however they’ve labored exhausting for his or her cash, they need to progress.
“After I spoke to them after I first signed they mentioned that they need to be remembered for years to return for giving again to the group and making an attempt to assist folks out and that’s the type of folks they’re, actually all the way down to earth.
“The clip on the documentary the place Rob took his little one again to the home the place he grew up in, that’s actually reflective of him as an individual and it isn’t arrange, they simply actually are regular people who find themselves grounded and all the way down to earth and I feel his roots are actually mirrored by the folks of Wrexham.
“They work exhausting for his or her cash and actually need to get behind a sports activities crew and their very own crew in Wrexham they usually’re dedicated to it. Rob and Ryan as homeowners are actually dedicated to this challenge too and try to present the folks of the group hope.”
Wrexham at the moment sit with 23 wins from 31 this season, a FA Cup scalp over Championship aspect Coventry and type that, ought to it proceed, would nearly definitely see them return to the Soccer League for the primary time in 16 years.
Ought to that occur, it’s not simply hope that Reynolds, McElhenney and Mullin can be bringing, however a dream come true too, and it’s exhausting to argue this match made in heaven doesn’t deserve it.