KIERAN KENNEDY didn't even consider leaving Wrexham in the middle of their relegation battle and the centre-back wants to make sure his spell at The Racecourse ends with National League survival.

The 26-year-old rejoined Wrexham on loan from Port Vale in November and he will now remain with the Reds until the end of the season.

Initially brought in last January after leaving Shrewsbury, Kennedy helped Wrexham reach the play-offs but after the promotion dream was ended by Eastleigh in the eliminator, he turned down the offer of a new contract and joined League Two Vale.

Wrexham, just two points above the drop zone, face a different challenge to the one that Kennedy faced when he first came to the club 12 months ago but he is determined to make sure Dean Keates' side realise the aim of staying up.

"I have played games since I have been here and I like working under the gaffer," said Kennedy.

"I like it at Wrexham and I want to try and help turn things around at the club.

"As I said when I first came in, I want to get this club back to where it belongs.

"We are fighting it out at the wrong end of the table but I believe with the squad of players that we have got, and the manager that we have got, we can turn things around quickly."

Kennedy only made four appearances for Vale but has featured in nine league games for Wrexham, scoring in the 2-1 defeat at Ebbsfleet on November 30.

Although securing safety is the priority, Kennedy hopes to play a prominent part.

"Every player just wants to play games at the end of the day," said Kennedy.

"Hopefully I can play a few more games and get the club out of this position.

"We have got to get ourselves out of this relegation battle as soon as possible.

"We don't want to get to the end of the season and be in the position we are. All the lads know that and we are ready for a battle."

Inconsistency has marred Wrexham's season but Kennedy says following up defeat with a win since his return is a good trait to have.

With no game this weekend, Kennedy wants that to continue when Wrexham, beaten 2-1 by Aldershot five days ago, return to action against Woking next Saturday.

"Every time we have got beat since I have been here, we have managed to bounce back," said Kennedy.

"With a two week break between games, that is obviously not possible to happen straight away but it gives us a chance to get on the training pitch and work on a few things, and hopefully bounce back with a win on January 18."

Keates should have new signings on board before the visit of Woking and Kennedy has welcomed the changes, with players also moving on, in the bid to beat the drop.

"It is part and parcel of football," added Kennedy.

"And when you do get the shirt, everyone has to make sure they keep it.

"Players will come in and add to the squad, it is just about making them feel as welcome as we can so they can bed in as soon as possible."