DEAN KEATES is confident of keeping Jordon Thompson at The Racecourse for longer.

The defender joined Wrexham on January transfer window deadline day from Coventry City on an initial 28-day loan which ended following Saturday’s 2-0 win at Bromley.

A centre-back who came through the youth ranks at the League One club where he has made nine appearances in all competitions, Thompson’s three starts for the Reds have come as a right-wing back in the absence of Mark Carrington.

Keates is keen to extend his stay and believes he will reach an agreement with Coventry.

“His loan has come to an end, but I would imagine he is still going to be here,” said Keates.

“The lad wants to stay, I want him to stay, it is just a case of getting it all sorted between the two clubs.”

Keates is optimistic that centre-back Kieran Kennedy will be available for Saturday’s clash against Yeovil at Huish Park.

Kennedy was forced off in the second half at Bromley with a head injury but Keates expects the defender, on loan from Port Vale until the end of the season, to be passed fit as Wrexham, up to 17th in the National League but still only two points above the drop zone, continue their battle to avoid relegation.

“He is alright, it was just from the clash of heads in the first half,” added Keates. “He came off on the worse end of it.

“It was affecting his vision a little bit second half so that is why we took him off but I expect him to be fit for the weekend.”

Another centre-back, Doug Tharme, has joined Northern Premier League, Premier Division side Radcliffe on-loan.

The 20-year-old has put pen-to-paper with the Boro, who are managed by former Wrexham midfielder Lee Fowler, on a deal that runs until the end of the season.

Tharme, restricted to just three Scottish Challenge Cup appearances for Wrexham this season, has also had loan spells with Telford, Tamworth and Gainsborough Trinity.

Meanwhile, Wrexham’s game against Torquay United at The Racecourse has been rearranged for next month.

The home match was due to be played on Saturday February 15 but was postponed due to safety concerns over Storm Dennis.

Wrexham will now entertain the Gulls on Tuesday March 24, 7.45pm kick-off.