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Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney’s investment in Wrexham has attracted many envious glares from other clubs in the football pyramid. And one Preston North End fan took the opportunity to proposition the latter’s wife to pump money into his cash-strapped team.

Jonny Nelson, a Preston supporter and broadcast journalist, took his shot while interviewing Kaitlin Olson and fellow Hollywood star Woody Harrelson earlier this month for their new film ‘Champions’.

“Woody, have you ever considered overseas sports ownership?” Nelson asked the Hunger Games actor. “Because I know a lovely little club in the north of England called Preston North End that could really use some Hollywood sparkle.”

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Unfortunately Harrelson seemed less than enthusiastic about the idea of a potential rivalry with the Welsh club, replying: “Well, I never thought about getting into it, but now you have piqued my interest. But I do love Wrexham and I don’t want to compete with them, so probably I’m not gonna do that.”

Olson was similarly reluctant to take up the offer and added: “I’ll check with my husband, maybe he’s interested.”

Nelson posted a clip of the exchange on Twitter writing: “In the face of our nonexistent transfer budget, I thought I’d start putting the feelers out amongst celebs for [Preston] investment. Starting with [Woody Harrelson] & [Kaitlin Olson]. A long, humiliating road ahead, but when [Taylor Swift] steers us to the prem, you’ll thank me.”

Harrelson’s acknowledgement of Wrexham is yet more evidence of the impact Reynolds and McElhenney have had at the club since their arrival. In October last year the side announced they had amassed 1 million followers on social media, remarkable for a non-league club.

And the Racecourse Ground has seen its fair share of Hollywood elites pass through its doors in recent years, not to mention a flashy shirt sponsorship with TikTok or the behind-the-scenes Disney + documentary ‘Welcome to Wrexham’.

After coming agonisingly close to a return to the football league last year, the Red Dragons are currently sitting pretty at the top of the fifth-tier with a point advantage over Notts County having played a game fewer.

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