Wrexham AFC manager Dean Keates will give more youngsters a chance


Richard Williams

YOUTH will continue to get a chance in Wrexham’s first team during the final two months of the season.

Leo Smith, who was handed a senior debut when Dean Keates took over as manager in October and has since signed his first professional contract, was joined on the substitutes bench at Solihull Moors by scholars Olly Marx and George Harry.

Keates, without injured left-back James Jennings for the 1-0 win, would like to add to his squad but insists youngsters will feature in Wrexham’s final 11 matches.

“We lost James who was struggling with his back so you look at us, we are what we are at the moment,” said Keates.

“We have cleared a lot of players out and we have got options to bring players in.

“We had four young players on the bench that have come through the academy. They are highly regarded and they will get a chance before the end of the season.

“Any young lads coming through in the youth team, if they perform well they will get a chance as well.”

Defender Marx, recalled from a loan spell at Sutton Coldfield, and striker Harry, who made his first team debut as a substitute in the Boxing Day win against Southport, are favourites to get their opportunity at some point.

“We are low on numbers,” added Keates. “I am looking at other players coming in but there is no point me getting somebody else’s 21-year-old from an academy when I can play one of my own.

“We will have a look at our own players first. I have got players here and I want to have a look at them in competitive football matches.

“There is no better place to see them play than the first team here. We have got an academy, the club has been known for bringing its own players through and I think we need to go back to that.”

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