Wrexham chief executive Don Bircham has belittled Conference rivals Forest Green after they
signed Danny Wright
from the Racecourse club.
Wright, Wrexham's top scorer this season, rejected an offer of a new contract to join Forest Green, who are bankrolled by millionaire Dale Vince.
"Forest Green are a village team with a lad with a few bob," said Bircham.
"They don't have the pedigree of Wrexham Football Club but they have a benefactor with big, deep pockets."
Vince - a green energy tycoon - became chairman of Forest Green in 2010 and is credited with turning the club around both on and off the pitch.
Eco-friendly Forest Green Rovers
Forest Green chairman and green energy tycoon Dale Vince has introduced:
- An organic pitch - the first in the world - which is spread with cow manure
- 180 solar panels which generate 10% of the electricity at the New Lawn
- A red meat ban for players and all produce sold on matchdays
Rovers finished this season in 10th place, 15 points behind fifth-placed and fan-owned Wrexham, who
lost in the play-off final
to Newport County.
Forest Green's average home crowd was just over 1,000, while Wrexham's was just over 3,500.
Bircham says Wright turned down a "very attractive package" to stay with Wrexham, dismissing the striker's claim that he was offered a lesser contract than his previous deal.
"He was offered a contract at the same level as our most experienced and valued players," Bircham told BBC Radio Wales' football programme.
"If we had offered a contract that was less, it would have been a waste of time. We wouldn't have dreamt of that."
He added: "I respect the fact that Danny is a professional footballer and if somebody comes to the lad and offers to increase his wages by 50% that's entirely understandable.
"He'll be playing in front of 2,500 people for a club that lacks the history, heritage and atmosphere of Wrexham Football Club, but we all have to make decisions in life."
Wrexham have offered new contracts to a number of key players and Bircham is confident others will not follow Wright's example.
He said: "The spine of the club is already in place. We were proactive with those. We made some decisions around Christmas to get a number of people signed up, [midfielder] Jay Harris being one who is vital to our success next season.
"In saying that, we will lose a couple and we will pick up a couple, that's the nature of the game."