DEAN KEATES is reluctant to sign inexperienced players with Wrexham embroiled in a relegation fight but admits he might have to turn to youngsters if their situation does not improve.

Wrexham are struggling at the wrong end of the table after making their worst ever start to a National League season and Keates wants new additions to help revive the Reds' fortunes.

Right-back James Horsfield has already been brought in from Scunthorpe and Keates admits he would like to recruit more players with Football League experience who will go straight into the side rather than be squad-fillers, although he could be forced into a rethink if results don't get better.

"I want players that can go straight into the team," said Keates.

"As it stands at the moment, a lot of football league players on the fringe of their squads, they won't let them out until January.

"Ones that are available are young, under 23s and it is hard to put them into the situation we are in if they have not had a loan before.

"If our situation is not addressed soon, that will be something I have to consider."

Keates admits it is unlikely any fresh faces will arrive at The Racecourse ahead of Saturday's home match against high-flying Bromley.

"I am not saying I am optimistic but you just never know," said Keates.

"It is a case of making phone calls, chipping away and trying to sell us to one player that I am trying to get in as good as I can to try and get him to drop out of the league to come and play for us."