Striker George Harry hoping for first Wrexham AFC deal


Richard Williams

GEORGE HARRY wants be a part of Dean Keates’ plans for next season.

The 18-year-old striker, a second year scholar, came on for his just his second senior appearance in Saturday’s 2-0 defeat against in-form Gateshead and twice came close to scoring.

A regular in the Wrexham squad since making his bow as a late substitute in the Boxing Day win against Southport, Harry has now set his sights on winning a first professional contract.

“The gaffer said keep working and you will get your chance so that is what I have got to keep doing,” said Harry. “Hopefully the results will come with that.

“I have got to keep working hard until the end of the season and hopefully the contract will come.

“I have got a good relationship with the gaffer, I have known him a couple of years now from when I first got my apprenticeship with the club so hopefully I can get that contract with this club.”

Wrexham fell behind against Gateshead in the 53th minute but Harry almost equalised in the closing stages as his goalbound shot was blocked by ex-Reds defender Manny Smith.

“It just dropped to me and I thought ‘shall I strike it or try and side foot it’,” said Harry.

“I think I chose the right one. I didn’t see the defender come across and he got there in the end.”

Harry came even closer to putting Wrexham back on level terms in the closing minutes but his header from Leo Smith’s cross struck the crossbar.

“Leo whipped the ball in,” said Harry. “Me and Leo have played a lot together so I know where he likes to put the ball.

“I just ran front post and tried to flick it on. I haven’t seen it and all I have heard is the crowd.

“It has clipped the bar and on another day that drops in.”

Gateshead immediately countered and scored a second goal that secured a sixth win in a row. But Harry believes it could have been a different story if he has scored.

“If that goes in we get some points from the game, whether we go on and push for the win or it is a draw,” said Harry. 

“At home you want to be winning as many game as you can in this league.”

Harry, who hails from the Wirral, can expect for more chances in Wrexham’s remaining nine games of the season with Keates insisting some of his younger players will feature.

Whenever he gets his next run-out, and possibly a first senior start, Harry’s aim will be to get off the mark for Wrexham.

“Personally it is disappointing not to score,” said Harry. “On another day they drop in.

“It was great defending in the end. I have just got to keep going, put the work in and that goal will come.”

Harry was disappointed not to mark his second senior run-out with a win but the teenager believes the future is bright at Wrexham.

“I don’t think 2-0 reflected the game at all,” said Harry. “It was a great finish for the first one, nothing we can do about that, and they just nicked one at the end.

“We have just got to keep on putting the work in on the training ground. We are getting there.

“Next season will be massive for us. We have got a lot of work to do on the training pitch, hopefully we can recruit well and bring some good players in and be challenging for those play-off places.”

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