DEAN KEATES has completed his first signing of the January transfer window with midfielder Davis Keillor-Dunn joining Wrexham on a permanent deal until the end of the season.

The 22-year-old has been a free agent since leaving Scottish Premiership outfit Ross County by mutual consent in September because he was seeking more game-time.

After spending his youth career with Middlesbrough, Sunderland and Chesterfield, Keillor-Dunn made the switch to Ross in July 2016 and he was awarded a professional contract the following year.

Keillor-Dunn went onto play 40 league games for the club, and he also scored three goals in 11 appearances during a loan spell at Falkirk last season.

Delighted to sign for Wrexham, Sunderland-born Keillor-Dunn could make his debut in Saturday's home game against Woking.

He said: “It’s a perfect match. I’ve heard a lot about the club and the supporters, it’s a really good move for me.

“I was at Ross County and I’ve trained at a few other places, but Wrexham were interested and I wanted to progress the move here.

“It’s closer to home for me and it’s a great platform to play on The Racecourse, I can’t wait to get going.

“Hopefully I can play on Saturday, get out there in front of the fans and make a difference. I just want to get assists and goals and get us moving up the table.

"I’ve been keeping fit, you have to be ready for an opportunity. I’m here and I have to go and smash it.”

Keillor-Dunn is hoping to play his part in 20th placed Wrexham, just two points above the relegation zone, climbing to safety.

“Football is about pressure," added Keillor-Dunn. "For me personally, the more pressure the better because you know you have to go out and perform.

“The club is far too big to be where it is, a few wins and things change quickly.”