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REKEIL PYKE is adamant his second loan spell at Wrexham will be more memorable than the first.

The 20-year-old striker has become manager Sam Ricketts' fifth new signing of the summer, joining the Reds on a season long loan deal from Premier League club Huddersfield Town.

In line to make his second debut in Wednesday's friendly against Louletano DC, Pyke's stay at The Racecourse will almost certainly be longer than when he first arrived in November 2016.

Then manager Dean Keates brought Pyke to the club for the first loan stint of his career and although he started his first game at Lincoln City, he only made two more appearances as a substitute before returning to Huddersfield.

But Pyke says this time will be a different story.

"I had one start, the first game at Lincoln, and came off the bench a few times," said Pyke. "I got injured and went back to Huddersfield.

"I was younger then and that was my first loan move.

"That was the first step in my development but I would like to say I am more mature now.

"I have got a bit more experience and hopefully I can do better this time and help the team as much as possible.

"I have just got this season left at Huddersfield so I just want to enjoy it and try and make an impact.

"I am very confident I will do."

Keates has left since Pyke's first spell at Wrexham and the squad has a new look to it but there are still familiar faces in the ranks.

"A lot have moved on but I know a couple of players," said Pyke, who trained with the team on Monday and flew out with the squad later in the day for the pre-season tour in the Algarve.

"Paul Rutherford, Leo Smith and Mark Carrington, and a couple of players from when I was on loan at Port Vale.

"All the lads have been sound."

Pyke is eager to help Wrexham have a successful season when the club kicks off an 11th campaign in non-league.

"It is a great cub, great fans, and something I want to be a part of," said Pyke.

"It is not easy an any level but we will give it a go and see what happens."

Pyke can't wait to face Portuguese third tier side Louletano at the 30,305 seat capacity Estádio Algarve tonight.

"I am looking forward to it," said Pyke. "I have heard it is a decent pitch so it will be a good experience."

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