BRAD WALKER would extend his stay with Wrexham if his loan spell is a success.

The 22-year-old midfielder has arrived on a temporary deal from Crewe Alexandra, who are managed by former Wrexham defender Dave Artell, and will be at The Racecourse until January.

Having been told he is not part of Artell's plans and is out of contract at the end of the season, Walker was eager to move on to play games and he jumped at the chance to join Wrexham after being approached by manager Sam Ricketts.

"I got the phone call off the gaffer saying he wanted to bring me in so I was delighted to come here," said Walker.

"I played 40 games for Crewe last season but I wasn't part of the plans this year.

"I needed to play games and what a club to come to.

"There is no better way to get in the shop window by playing games, especially at a good level, so I am delighted."

When asked if he would like to stay beyond January, Walker added: "Definitely, obviously if it was okay with Crewe and everything got done.

"I would be looking to do it if everything was going well."

Walker, who made more than 100 appearances for Hartlepool United in the Football League before joining Crewe in 2017, missed Saturday's 2-0 win against Aldershot because clearance had not been received.

Wrexham won 2-0 to maintain their early season promotion challenge and Walker hopes it shows no signs of fading.

"The gaffer is brilliant and the squad is brilliant, and we have got a really good chance to get into the Football League," said Walker.

"Hopefully I can help Wrexham get promoted.

"It is a tough league. Aldershot are down the bottom but as you seen on Saturday, they are not a bad team.

"It is a great test for us but if we keep doing what we are doing, we have got a heck of a chance."

The versatile Walker can also play in the centre of defence, where he will offer cover with Manny Smith on the sidelines due to a worrying knee injury, but he doesn't mind where he lines up.

"I signed for Crewe as a centre-midfielder, I played all my games at Hartlepool in the centre of midfield," said Walker.

"But I sort of made the transition backwards into centre-half for Crewe and I thought I did really well.

"The gaffer sees me as a centre-half at Crewe so I have joined Wrexham to play centre-half or midfield, I will play anywhere really as long as I am on the pitch."

Ricketts has also brought in defender Jake Lawlor from Salford City and there is also plenty of competition for a midfield berth but that is something Walker is relishing.

"It is always healthy when there is competition for places," added Walker.

"The more competition the better. It keeps you on your toes and makes you perform as well as you can, and keep that shirt."