Wrexham Suffer Disappointing Transfer Setback

Experienced forward Curtis Main has joined Indian Super League side Bengaluru, despite interest from Wrexham.

Football League World reported Phil Parkinson’s side were interested in bringing the 31-year-old to the Racecourse Ground following the expiration of his contract at St Mirren, however, Main has favoured a 12-month deal in Asia.

The Englishman scored nine times in the Scottish top flight last season, helping the Saints to a sixth-place finish, but the Scottish Premiership club confirmed he had rejected a new deal in May and would depart the club this summer.

Well travelled across the EFL, Main has represented Darlington, Middlesbrough, Shrewsbury, Doncaster, and Oldham, whilst also being a part of the Portsmouth side that won League Two in 2016/17.

His latest move represents the 11th club he has played for in a 15-year career, yet his 18-month spell at Fratton Park remains the only place he has lifted silverware.

Following that period in Hampshire, Main had spells North of the border with Motherwell and Aberdeen.

Despite interest from the Welsh outfit, the South Shields-born striker will now link up with former Leeds, Sunderland, and Bradford boss, Simon Grayson.

The 53-year-old has been in charge of the Bangalore-based club since June 2022, with his side runners- up in the Indian Super Cup in 2023.

Far from prolific in his career, Main has scored just seven goals in 57 appearances at the level Wrexham will be playing at this season, and his most recent spell in England resulted in just two goals in 20 games for Shrewsbury in League One.

Writer’s View

A move to Wrexham would have been understanding, with Main providing EFL experience as the Red Dragons look to adjust to life above the National League for the first time in 15 years. Parkinson has similar qualities in forwards Paul Mullin and Ollie Palmer, although the pair have more impressive records in front of goal.

However, with the Hollywood finances and ambitions for back-to-back promotions, I suspect Wrexham have sights on plenty of other attacking options above Main’s pedigree, and fans will not be too concerned at his decision to join Bengaluru instead.

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