North Wales Crusaders prop Brad Brennan believes the club's current squad is underperforming but has backed coach Anthony Murray to transform their fortunes.

Currently 10th in the League One standings, the Wrexham club slumped to a heavy 50-6 reverse at Oldham last weekend in their 11th league defeat this term.

That result left the Cru 11 points adrift of the play-off places with only eight games remaining and Brennan insists time his against his side.

He said: "Results over the last few weeks have been frustrating for all the players.

"As a team we've fallen short on a few occasions already this season and we've ended up on the wrong side of a few bad results.

"And with the squad we have, you could say we have been underachieving because there is a lot of talent here.

"Yes you can say that some bad decisions have gone against us from referees and officials, but that's not something we can control.

"At times we have been guilty of making too many errors ourselves and conceding too many penalties and that's something we always look to improve on in training.

"Those are things we've got to fix quickly because that's something we can influence ourselves. If we take care of our own game and put those errors right then it shouldn't really matter when decisions go against us in games.

"There's still eight or nine games to go this season, so we need to improve quickly to turn it around and close the gap on the teams above us."

Recruited by former coach Mike Grady at the start of the season, the imposing 6'2 powerhouse has brought a formidable presence to the Cru front row this season.

The 25-year-old has earned the nickname ‘Boom Boom’ for his uncompromising tackling style and gained many admirers on the terraces at former clubs Batley, Hunslet York and Barrow.

Since working under Murray and his coaching staff, Brennan has lost weight and believes his all-round game has improved as a result.

He added: "I've lost a stone and a half since I arrived at the club and a big part of that is down to the fitness work that Muzz puts us through in training.

"He's got a great knowledge of the game from his time as a player and I'd say he's one of the best coaches I've worked under in terms of his tactical knowledge and approach.

"I'm leaner and fitter than I have been before and I think my own performances have got better and better because of that.

"There's more to lose and that's what I'm focused on doing so that I can play to the very best of my ability for Crusaders.

"I think my best performances are still to come for this club and as a group we know we have to do better.

"Our last game at Oldham just wasn't good enough, we know that, and we're determined to put that right with a much better display against Workington this weekend."