DARREN MOSS got a call completely out of the blue last month from a former team-mate offering him a role that was just too good to turn down.

Moss, the Wrexham-born full back, who played for all the Reds’ fiercest cross-border rivals, Chester City, Shrewsbury Town and Crewe Alex in his 13 seasons in the Football League, is now scouting for Plymouth Argyle, who are manager by former Chester captain Ryan Lowe.

“Lowey rang me completely out of the blue asking if I’d do some scouting,” said Moss. “He said they were looking for people in the south and wanted me to be their man in the north.

“It was a case of ‘can you start on Monday?’ It’s a mix between scouting for talent and checking up on the next opposition.

“I was at Wigan last week and watching Manchester City under 23s at the weekend.

“It’s good to be involved although I must admit, I never thought Lowey would go into management.

“He took a big jump to go down to Plymouth Argyle after doing so well at Bury.”

Moss first met Lowe at Shrewsbury Town when former Shrews manager Kevin Ratcliffe plucked Lowe from non-league Burscough.

“I don’t think he came into the professional game until late, maybe 23 he was when Kev signed him,” added Moss. “He played wide right but he was a great finisher. Give him the ball in the box and he’d score.

“We became good mates and I joined his car school with the lads from Liverpool picking me up. There was Ian Dunbavin and Dave Ridler, who used to be at Wrexham, in the car.”

Moss, who runs his own coaching scheme, Moss FC in Wrexham, then teamed up with Lowe at Gresty Road as their friendship on and off the field continued.

“We’ve always kept in touch and it’s good to get this opportunity,” added Moss, who also did some scouting work for Stoke City where another ex-Wrexham player, goalkeeper Mark Cartwright, was in charge.