INS and outs during the January transfer window were inevitable but Wrexham captain Shaun Pearson believes bigger changes within the club are needed at the end of the season.

Wrexham's 12th campaign in National League has been a constant struggle and the 20th placed Reds are only two points above the drop zone with 16 games remaining.

Manager Dean Keates is looking to bolster his squad this month to give the battle against relegation a boost, and Pearson says all that matters between now and the end of April is Wrexham securing safety.

Pearson would expect a big revamp on the playing side at The Racecourse ahead of the 2020-21 season and the centre-back thinks the whole structure of the club needs to be looked at.

"This season is purely about us surviving," said Pearson.

"Whether that is 20th, 19th or whatever - we have to survive.

"Then the real changes that are needed - not just playing-wise but changes within the football club - can hopefully happen and the gaffer will have that opportunity to do it properly in the summer.

"But first and foremost we have to survive, it is as simple as that."

Wrexham, beaten 2-1 by fellow strugglers Aldershot Town at the weekend, are without a game this weekend after exiting the FA Trophy.

Pearson expects Keates to have completed some transfer business before Wrexham return to league action when Woking visit The Racecourse on Saturday January 18.

"A little break now and I assume there might be some changes," said Pearson.

"A couple have already gone back and I don't know exactly what else will happen.

"But I think you'd be stupid to think changes weren't trying to be made and we will see what happens over the next couple of weeks.

"Hopefully we will be in a better position for the Woking game."

Wrexham have struggled for consistency all season and there was a mixed bag of results over the festive period, with two wins against Chorley offset by three defeats.

Pearson says the Reds must stop going into a shell when they go behind in games.

"I try not to get too up and down but I don't think the performances are massively different," said Pearson.

"Us getting the first goal is crucial at the minute because of confidence when we concede.

"We are down the bottom and the lads shrink into their shell; they have got to find a way of getting out of that, and not doing that - now.

"We are in a dogfight and we aren't going to be able to get out of it unless we find a way of dealing with that sooner rather than later."

Meanwhile, fellow centre-back Kieran Kennedy’s loan from Port Vale has been extended until the end of the season.

The 26-year-old re-joined Wrexham, where he spent the second half of last season, from the League Two side in November.

But Michael Chambers has had his contract at Wrexham terminated by mutual consent.

The 25-year-old signed for the Reds in the summer following a pre-season trial and made 15 appearances for the club before joining National League South side Chelmsford City on loan in December.

Chambers is now a free agent, allowing him to sign for another club.