JAY COLBECK is keeping his fingers crossed that he can take another step forward in his Wrexham development.
Reds boss Andy Morrell is expected to name his team for tomorrow’s FA Trophy home encounter with Solihull Moors (3pm kick-off) later today and Colbeck is hoping his name is read out.
“I am hoping so,” confirmed the Liverpool-born youngster. “There was supposed to be a reserve game against Shrewsbury (on Tuesday) but it got called off due to the weather so hopefully I showed what I can do in the last round and I get the chance against this weekend.
“(Playing in the last round against Rushall Olympic) is a good sign but I will just have to wait and see whether I am included against Solihull.”
Colbeck headed into the campaign hopeful that he could become a regular fixture in the Wrexham matchday squad, but a combination of impressive individual performances from others and good team results have left him starved of game time.
He admitted a lack of action had been frustrating, but said he was willing to bid his time.
“It has been a bit frustrating. I have scored one goal, but the lads have been doing well again so it is hard to get in, especially with the quality we have in midfield,” he explained.
“It is just about waiting for a chance and hopefully when it does arrive I can take it and cement a place in the team.
“I suppose it is one of those situations where you are unfortunately waiting for someone to get injured or suspended so you can come in.
“I will just wait and see what happens. I have spoken to Mozza (Morrell) and Billy (Barr) and they have said to keep going and a chance will come.
“I’ve just got to keep working hard and the FA Trophy games and reserve matches are the chances I have got to take to get in the minds of Billy and Mozza.”
He added: “It is hard in this league for the young lads to become established.
“Look at John (Hunt), he is a prime example because he has been here since he was very young and he has only just broke through this season at 22.
“It shows that if you bide your time, keep training well and doing the right things then a chance should come.”
The last round victory over Rushall Olympic represented Colbeck’s first start for the senior side and allowed him an opportunity to showcase his talents.
Despite the pressure to perform on a rare appearance Colbeck remained composed and did his reputation no harm at all.
“There is a bit of pressure but you know that you just have to play your game,” he said.
“It would have been nice to have got a goal, but I was quite happy with my performance and hopefully I can do even better in the next game I play.”