Former Wrexham midfielder Waynne Phillips says defender Manny Smith's new deal is a massive boost to the club.
Smith, the ex-Walsall and Notts County player, has signed a fresh 12-month contract to remain at the Racecourse.
The 26-year-old played every minute of all 61 games during the 2014-15 season.
"It was a decision I didn't expect after seeing Manny perform to a high standard weekly last season," said Phillips.
"It goes to show that he's happy and he can see a way forward with Wrexham football club.
"Let's hope it's a more successful season for the team next season."
Smith is the first of Wrexham's out of contract players to commit to the Conference club since Gary Mills was appointed manager.
Mills left Gateshead to succeed Kevin Wilkin, who left in March after the club failed to challenge for promotion.
Mark Carrington, Rob Evans, Blaine Hudson, Louis Moult, Steve Tomassen, Ross White, Wes York and Luke Waterfall are also under contract for next season.