Trundle shock for Dragons
By Paul Higham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Trundle's contract at The Racecourse Ground has ended and he is now being chased by former Wrexham boss Brian Flynn at Swansea.
Flynn paid Welsh Premier League side Rhyl £50,000 for Trundle two years ago, but the club were unaware of the clause that stated they must pay a further fee to extend his deal.
Current boss Smith and Red Dragons chairman Mark Guterman both had no idea the clause existed until now, and they are shocked at the news they must shell out as much as £20,000 more to hang on to Trundle.
Smith is concerned that he is now at a disadvantage compared to other clubs, including Swansea, who can sign him for nothing while he must pay a fee.
"I've never come across a deal like this in all my time as a manager," said Smith.
"If it means Wrexham have to find an extra sum of money in order to keep Trundle, it could put me at a major disadvantage compared to other managers.
"It can't be in Rhyl's best interests because they will get nothing if he does not sign for us, so it does not add up.
"I certainly was not aware of this clause in the original transfer deal, which effectively means keeping Lee will cost me far more money than I had envisaged."
Guterman was also in the dark about the clause, but insisted that any extra money for Trundle will not come out of Smith's transfer budget.
"It's news to me," added the chairman.
"I knew nothing about the terms of this deal and it's obviously something we will have to look into.
"But what I can say with certainty is that it will not have any adverse effect on the budget Denis has been given for players this season."
Flynn is meanwhile trying to capitalise on the clause he was aware of by luring Trundle to Vetch Field.
Trundle was in further talks with The Swans and Flynn was hoping to make the most of his insider knowledge.
"I did the deal, so I know what was involved but it has nothing to do with Swansea City," said Flynn.
"Whatever agreement Wrexham have with Rhyl is a matter for the two clubs."