DEAN KEATES believes a new-look Kop can only drive Wrexham forward - on and off the pitch.

Two critically important plots of land have been acquired by the Welsh Government as part of preparatory steps for the Wrexham Gateway development, meaning the prospect of a new Kop Stand have increased.

Keates has played in-front of the famous terrace - out of use for over a decade - for hometown team Walsall, although when the Saddlers headed to north Wales the Mold Road Stand was under construction.

And the Reds boss is relishing the chance for Wrexham to be playing their football with all four sides of the ground housing supporters.

“It’s great news and another positive in a time of negativity,” said Keates, who is still to release his retained list.

“Unfortunately age got hold of the Kop and that meant it couldn’t be used.

“It’s a step in the right direction and something that will only help push the club forward.

“It opens up other avenues for off-field activities and that can only help the club in the future.

“Ultimately, it’s what happens on the green thing in any stadium, and we need to make sure that we get things right in that respect.”