Wrexham owners Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney will pay team six-figure bonus following promotion
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Wrexham owners Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney are set to pay their team a six-figure cash bonus after the club was promoted to League Two.
As if Wrexham AFC didn't have enough to celebrate already, the juicy bonus is set to come following the team's win over Boreham Wood on Saturday (22 April), after executive director Humphrey Ker confirmed the incentive scheme in 2021.
Reynolds and McElhenney couldn't hide their excitement - in fact, they posted it all over the internet - as the football team scored the crucial three points needed to promote them from the National League.
Alongside pictures from that glorious moment, Reynolds wrote on Twitter: "Everything I own smells like champagne, beer and grass. I’m still somewhere between giggling and sobbing.
"This town and this sport is one of the most romantic things on earth. Thank you, @Wrexham_AFC."
Meanwhile, It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia star McElhenney added: "I have no words other than THANK YOU."
The promotion will see Wrexham return to League Two next August for the first time since relegation in 2007/08.
Simply by being in that division, the team will receive a payment from the English Football League of £1.1 million which will include TV income and sponsorship, and the annual Premier League solidarity payment.
But there's more where that came from.
In recognition of all of their hard work, Reynolds and McElhenney plan to pay Wrexham a bonus of £250,000 - not bad for a day's work, eh?
OK, don't @ me, I know there will have been a hell of a lot of effort put in not only to Saturday's 90 minutes, but in all the games and training before that.
Speaking to the club’s official website after the celebrity owners bought the team in 2020, Wrexham's executive director Humphrey Ker said the Hollywood stars had implemented a bonus scheme after reaching an agreement with captain Shaun Pearson.
The agreement meant players would receive a £250,000 bonus should the club win promotion from the National League - which is exactly what happened on Saturday.
Ker made clear Reynolds and McElhenney weren't obliged to hand out such big bonuses, but that it felt like 'the right thing to do'.
Kerr explained: “Rob and Ryan wanted to recognise the players’ confidence that they can reach this season’s play-offs and provide an added financial incentive to achieve this.
"There was no obligation to address this, but it felt like the right thing to do in order to support the existing playing squad who are all playing for their futures at the club."
After the scheme was announced, skipper Shaun Pearson said the team was 'thankful for the incentive being put to us from Rob and Ryan'.
With £250,000 in the pot, I'd be pretty thankful too.