THE 2010-11 campaign has not even yet begun but Dean Saunders has already offered one of his Wrexham players an extended contract.
Left-back Johnny Hunt, given his opportunity in the final two games of last season, impressed Saunders enough to be offered a new deal in the summer.
And with Wrexham only returning for pre-season training last week, Saunders hopes the 19-year-old, who came through the club’s youth system and played 45 minutes of Tuesday’s 4-0 win at Vauxhall Motors, will commit his future for another year.
“I am giving Johnny another year if he will accept it, taking him through till the summer of 2012,” said Saunders. “I am really pleased with how he has come on.
“I have given him a chance and he has taken it. He has come back, trained well and his attitude is great.
“If they do well they will be rewarded and Johnny is one for the future.”
But Saunders is stepping up his search for a goalkeeper to compete with Chris Maxwell for the number one jersey after seeing Wayne Brown, released by Bury at the end of last season, reject the deal offered to him.
“The hunt is on and I am talking to a few different goalkeepers,” said Saunders. “I have got plenty of time to get it right. I have got to make sure we get the right type of keeper.
“Chris is more than good enough to do the job but we need two keepers.”
Saunders is also hoping to bring in an un-named centre-back on a season long loan from a higher division side but that hinges on striking a deal over wages with the player’s club.
And another midfielder is also a priority after Kristian O’Leary opted to join ambitious Welsh Premier League outfit Neath for family reasons.
“I am disappointed but this job never ceases to amaze me,” said Saunders. “I had Kristian pencilled in - he said he would sign.
“Everything is for a reason, Neath came in with a deal and the main thing was his family.
“Now I have got to replace him.”
Saunders was delighted with the performance in Tuesday’s win at Motors thanks to goals from Andy Mangan, Jamie Tolley, Gareth Taylor and Christian Smith.
“First half I thought we played some great football, we looked dangerous and quick,” said Saunders. “We played a different system just to try and get them on the ball and play. Then we put a different team on second half and they did alright as well. I was really pleased.”
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