AKIL WRIGHT insists he won’t rest on his laurels after scooping a top award - and took it on the chip after he was rested for Saturday's 1-0 win against Braintree Town.

The 22-year-old midfielder has played a key part in Wrexham’s superb start to the season and he was named the National League player of the month for August,

Although surprised to win the gong, Wright knows he must continue performing well to keep his place in the side, especially with the number of midfield options available to manager Sam Ricketts.

“I am buzzing,” said Wright. “It is a surprise to be fair, I didn’t expect that I would win but I am chuffed with it and it means a lot.

“I have just got to keep going now, keep the momentum.

“I am confident, I will take each game as it comes and keep performing and doing well for the team.

"I know there are other good players that want to play. I have got to make sure I am playing and by doing that I have got to perform well week in, week out.

“I know what the gaffer requires from me and I have got to make sure I produce.

“No-one is perfect but I want to make sure that I am always doing well for the team because if I am not performing, then that is one less player doing their job for the team and that can affect the team during a game.”

Wright started the opening nine games but was named among the substitutes at Braintree, captain Shaun Pearson scoring the winner..

Although he wants to be a regular starter, Wright insists the result was the priority.

"I want to play every game but the lads won at the end of the day so I am happy," said Wright.

"It was a good three points for us. It is a tough place to come to and Braintree are struggling at the minute but it is another win.

"I am buzzing for Shaun, it is his first goal of the season so hopefully many more for him."

Wrexham are second in the National League after taking 21 points from the first 10 games.

“We have had a good start,” said Wright. “We are up there, it is still early days so you don’t really look at the league too much but our results have been positive.

“We have got to keep it going."

It was a surprise not to see Wright in the starting XI but Ricketts, who made four changes from the side that drew 0-0 against Halifax Town in midweek, says he will continue rotating players.

"We’ve got a really strong squad, we’ve got very good players who can’t even make the bench at the minute," said Ricketts.

"I don’t see it as dropping players, it is rotating and keeping our performance levels as high as we can and energy levels as high as we can. We’ve got really good players who can step up."

Wrexham's haul of 21 points from the opening 10 games is their best return in 11 seasons playing in the fifth tier.

"Really satisfying, really pleased for the players and all the effort they are putting in," added Ricketts.

"But we are only 10 games in, we have got a long way to go and an awful lot we can improve on, but I can’t ask for any more from the start we’ve made.

"There is no resting on our laurels, we will keep improving every aspect that I can do and see where we end up."