Staying or going? Monday is D-Day for Wrexham AFC players

Reporter:

Richard Williams

MONDAY will be D-Day when the Wrexham players find out if they have a future at The Racecourse.

With the majority of the squad out of contract this summer, manager Dean Keates will announce his retained list once Wrexham complete a disappointing campaign at Eastleigh.

It is the final chance for players to force their way into Keates’ plans for next season, although the Reds’ boss is close to finalising who stays and who goes.

“It is not far off from my mind being made up,” said Keates. “We have looked back over the season, especially the last 10 games when we have changed it around a lot.

“It is not just a case of watching the games when we have played, we have come back and watched the games over again  looked at players and how they have performed, seeing what characteristics they have got and what they can offer.

“It’s not far off, we will get through the weekend, we have got the Player of the Year awards on Sunday, and I will sit down with the lads on Monday.”

There’s little to play for at the Silverlake Stadium, although Wrexham can finish as high as 10th if they win and other results are favourable, and Keates wants to sign off on a high.

“We want to finish the season as positively as we can,” added Keates, who has seen Wrexham win just once in the last nine outings.

“I think the fans realise the club is in a transitional period and it is a case of getting things ready for next season.

“We were unfortunate in some of the games but we could have done a lot better in others.

“I take a lot of responsibility, I was trying to give everyone an opportunity to stake a claim to still be at the football club.

“But all being well, hopefully we can finish the season on a high. 

“If we win, we could jump a place or two in the table and it looks a bit better, but it has been a disappointing season.”

Keates is hoping defenders James Jennings, pictured below, and Martin Riley recover from knocks that forced them off in last Saturday’s 1-0 home defeat against Dagenham.

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