Luke Young insists that Wrexham's squad are as 'hungry' as the club's fans for promotion from the National League this season.

The former Plymouth Argyle midfielder was manager Sam Ricketts' first signing of the summer, joining from Torquay United in May.

The 25-year-old rejected the offer of a new contract at the relegated Gulls, opting to swap his native south west England for North Wales.

Since his arrival at The Racecourse, Young has been 'massively impressed' with the appetite to end the club's 11-year exile from the Football League.

He said: "It's been good. Ever since I've moved up here, everyone's been so welcoming to me.

"Players, staff and the club as a whole have been brilliant with me throughout pre-season and I'm sure that's going to continue for the rest of the time that I'm here.

"I didn't really know how important the club was to the fans here and how much it means to them.

"I knew Wrexham were a big club anyway, but the fanbase here and the passion for the club wasn't some thing I knew about prior to coming here.

"I think that showed when we went over to Portugal, with the number of fans that came over there on the trip with us, which was great to see.

"For me, a club of this stature should be at the top of this league if not in the Football League.

"Coming here from a club where we've been struggling to one that has the ambition that they should not be in this league and should be fighting at the top of the division every year is new to me.

"It's exciting because the vibe you get from the fans that they're desperate to get out of this league sooner rather than later.

"Obviously they've had 10 or 11 years in this league, so hopefully this could be the year we end that.

"I know every club says that at the start of the season and hope they do well, but I really do have a good feeling about our chances of doing well this year.

"But there's a real hunger among the lads as well, even during pre-season there has been a real will to win here.

"The fact we were disappointed when we haven't won games this summer, even when there's no points at stake, is a positive for me.

"Going into a league game where it really matters, I think the hunger and desire to get the club out of this league is absolutely massive and hopefully we can deliver that this year."

One of eight new arrivals at the club this summer, Young has featured prominently in his central role for the Reds in pre-season and has started all seven of the club's pre-season games.

And he maintains that the fresh ideas implemented by Ricketts in their pre-season schedule will serve the club well in their pursuit of promotion.

"I feel like it's all coming together now" Young said..

"Obviously the gaffer's brought a few new signings in over the last few weeks or so, but everybody's ambition and goal is exactly the same and that is to get promoted.

"All games are important to us as players, but if you're going to make mistakes as a team then it's best to get them out of the way in the summer games rather than when it matters.

"Nobody gets promoted in pre-season, this summer has been about finding out about this squad's strengths and weaknesses and working on the systems we're going to be using this season.

"There's been some new styles of play and new ideas introduced and it's just a case of getting them nailed on now for the start of the season on Saturday."

With 133 appearances in the division already for Torquay over the last three seasons, Young is well-acquainted with the demands of the National League.

And he insists that a consistency and focus will be key assets for teams in a league that is notoriously unpredictable.

He said: "I know what it's about in this division and I know that you've got be on your game in every single match because any team can beat another in this league on their day.

"I'm sure we're going to be prepared for every single game as if it's our last and make sure that we give the best possible account of ourselves every time we're on the pitch."