LUKE YOUNG believes there are better times ahead for Wrexham and the midfielder is delighted that he will part of Dean Keates' plans for the future.

The 27-year-old, who arrived from Torquay United in the summer of 2018 on a two-year deal, has activated a clause in his contract that will keep him at The Racecourse until the end of the 2020-21 campaign.

Although Wrexham are batting to avoid relegation, Young, involved in every single league game this season, has been one of the most consistent performers and he is delighted to extend his stay.

"It was put in there as an incentive to try and aim towards something so to play the amount of games that I have, it is a reward for staying fit and playing well," said Young, a leading contender for the Player of the Year award.

"It is pleasing to reach that amount of games with so many months left of the season, and to have the security of another year."

Wrexham are 17th in the National League, just two points above the drop zone with 11 games to go, and Young is targeting a strong finish before setting higher targets next season.

"Last season was a good season but it was disappointing how it ended," said Young, referring to the play-off eliminator defeat to Eastleigh after Wrexham finished fourth.

"It was all moving in the right direction towards the start of this season but it just hasn't panned out the way we wanted it to be.

"But since the gaffer has come in, you can see gradual improvements.

"It was never going to happen straight away and although we are only two points above the drop zone, you can see improvements and the players the gaffer has brought in have improved us as a whole.

"We are looking up rather than down so we have just got to try and pull away from the bottom and hopefully we finish as high up the league as possible.

"We are heading in the right direction and if we can finish well, it sets up for an interesting summer in terms of recruitment, and then kick-on next season."