Gareth gives the thumbs up to Wrexham FC

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Tom Norris

Former Wales striker Gareth Taylor is prepared to extend his stay at Wrexham and help the club back into the Football League.

Taylor, who has appeared 15 times for Wales, scoring once, signed for Wrexham on a one-year deal last year but is yet to finalise an agreement for a new 12-month deal at the club.

And despite interest from Football League clubs, Taylor, who was Wrexham’s top scorer last season, is ready and willing to extend his stay The Racecourse, admitting that it is his number one option.

“I want to stay,” he said. “I have a had a little bit of interest from clubs back in the Football League and while that may seem attractive I want to stay at Wrexham.

"Deep down that is where I want to play my football next season.

“The time I had there last season I thoroughly enjoyed, I managed to score some goals and I also did some coaching which was good for me.”

“Wrexham are a huge club that belies its current status. We are where we are though and I want to be able to help Wrexham get their Football League status back.

“It will be difficult with six or eight teams set to be favourites but we have a good side and I am confident we can give it a real go next season.”

The 37-year-old enjoyed a good start to life at The Racecourse, netting nine goals in 24 league starts until an ankle injury forced him out of action and caused a fractious end to his campaign.

However, Taylor believes he is more than capable of leading the Wrexham line, admitting that his fitness – and that troublesome ankle – is of little concern.

“I feel as fit as I ever have,” he explained. “I look after myself and have done work with Mal Purchase to make sure that I am ready, I feel really fit.

“I started last season really well and was able to get some goals for the side before an ankle injury disrupted my season. Despite that though I still managed to play over 20 games and scored 10 goals in total.

“Last season we had a big squad so we had a replacement but this season may be different and I am ready to play as many games as necessary. At the start of the season I only missed games when Dean Saunders used his head and stopped me from playing three games in a week.”

Taylor has had spells with Manchester City, Sheffield United, Crystal Palace, Nottingham Forest, Burnley and Tranmere Rovers during his 19-year professional career and the frontman is ready to wait for the call from Wrexham boss Saunders as he bids to prolong it by at least another 12-months.

“I am not panicking at the moment,” he added. “I didn’t get myself sorted at Wrexham last season until the end of June so it is not anything to worry about.

“It always happens this way in football, people are away and it takes time to get everything sorted out. I will just sit tight and wait for a phone call.”

- AFC Telford United have signed former Wrexham midfielder Steve Abbott.

Abbott started his football career with Wigan Athletic before signing a two-year contract with Wrexham in 2008.

Telford assistant manager Dean Read said: “He gets goals from attacking midfield. He’s a big strong lad.

“He’ll be a magnificent addition and the fans have a player they’ll look forward to watching next season.”

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