Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenny explain reasons for buying club in first visit to Wrexham

There were plenty of laughs interlaced with a little Welsh as the duo spoke of their love for Wrexham and Wales Credit: PA

Wrexham AFC’s superstar owners Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney have spoken at length about the reasons behind their decision to purchase the club.

Holding their first press conference in the town since buying the club, the Hollywood pair said talked about Wrexham's working class community's and the club's long history.

The co-owners were in attendance at Wrexham’s loss to Maidenhead in the National League at York Road on Tuesday evening and arrived in the town on Wednesday.

Their takeover from the Wrexham Supporters’ Trust was made on the condition they would invest £2 million in the club.

The pair posed for photos with excited fans as they arrived at The Racecourse.

Speaking to a large media pack, Reynolds said the community was a big part of their decision.

"You take a deeper dive into Wrexham, and you see how invested the community are in the club," he said.

"This club can really grow, and I am just anxious to see it grow."

"It was about how much I recognised and identified with the people in the stands," said McElhenney.

"What they see and feel in Wrexham is the same as what we do. We love telling the story of a working class club and a working class town, because it's a story people can identify with."

When asked what the future holds for the club, the pair reaffirmed their commitment to being involved long term.

Reynolds said the club is "not a toy", adding that keeping the community at the heart of the club is central to their plans.

"I don't understand why we can't get to the Premier League. We have the structure here. Why not dream big?"

They also told ITV they found Wales "simply breathtaking", adding they wish to explore the country more.

Before singing the first line of the Welsh national anthem, McElhenney said Mae Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau is "one of the most beautiful anthems in the world", adding Welsh is a beautiful language he is trying to learn.

Check out the full press conference below.

Wrexham host Torquay United at The Racecourse on Saturday, the first home game the duo are set to attend.

The club currently sits 11th in the National League, six points off the play-off places.