DEAN KEATES remains eager to strengthen his squad as players continue to leave The Racecourse.

Since the turn of the year, Davis Keillor-Dunn, Dan Jarvis, Jordan Ponticelli, Jordan Thompson, Jay Harris and Tyler Garratt have joined Wrexham on various deals, while Keiran Kennedy's loan from Port Vale has been extended until the end of the season.

Although the January transfer window has closed Keates can still bring in free agents and sign loan players, and the Reds' boss, who has funds available, is targeting more additions to give the fight against relegation a boost.

"We are still looking, we just need to make sure they bring something to the group and push the players who are in the team to go into the starting XI," said Keates.

"There are one or two things on the table and we are just waiting to see.

"There is no possibility about it - I want to add to the squad and there are funds there but they need to be the right ones."

Keates has encouraged out-of favour players to accept offers from other clubs and Leighton McIntosh is the latest to leave, with the striker joining National League North side Blyth Spartans on loan until the end of the season.

The 27-year-old, brought in from Airdrie last summer, has made 13 league and cup appearances for Wrexham, scoring three goals, but he has hardly featured since Keates returned for a second spell as manager on October 6.

McIntosh is the third of former Reds boss Bryan Hughes' summer signings to leave The Racecourse, with Michael Chambers and Adam Barton having their contracts terminated by mutual consent.

Top scorer Bobby Grant has also joined Accrington Stanley on loan until the end of the season, with youngsters Jack Thorn and Dawid Szczepaniak heading out on temporary deals, and it seems Keates isn't finished there.

“As I’ve said before it is not personal, it is part of the business," said Keates.

"If you are not playing then you need to go and be playing somewhere else.

"It is not just affecting them this season but next season as well if they are not playing for a long time.”