DEAN KEATES says Wrexham will adapt to playing matches behind closed doors but the Reds' boss can't wait for his new signings to experience playing in front of a passionate Racecourse crowd.

The Reds began their build-up to the 2020-21 National League campaign last night by playing host to Cymru Premier neighbours Cefn Druids in their opening pre-season friendly.

Fans are not allowed to attend matches because of the coronavirus crisis so players will have to get used to playing in front of empty stands before Wrexham kick-off a 13th season in non-league on October 3.

It is hoped that supporters will be present at matches next month with restrictions in place because of the pandemic.

Due to social distancing measures, the amount of supporters attending matches will be vastly reduced and The Racecourse capacity will be cut to around 2,600, but Keates is just looking forward to welcoming fans back.

As for playing matches without fans at present, Keates said: "It that is the case then that is what needs to be.

"That is beyond our control. We can only control what we can control, we can't affect that so we just have to go about our business.

"All being well we are allowed to play in front of fans soon and it will be great for the new players to see what The Racecourse is all about with an atmosphere.

"We know it is not going to be full when fans are allowed back but with the fans that we get in, and the passion from the stands, it is about everybody at the football club going forward together this season.

"We want an atmosphere and I want the players to go out there and give the fans something to cheer about."

Keates has made eight new signings over the summer with Jamie Reckord, Elliott Durrell, Jordan Ponticelli, Reece Hall-Johnson, Jordan Davies, Theo Vassell, Adi Yussuf and Kwame Thomas arriving at The Racecourse.

They are joined in the squad by two first year professionals - defender Max Cleworth and striker Jake Bickerstaff - who have made the step up after completing their scholarships.

Cleworth and Bickerstaff impressed last season after being handed their chance in the first team, starting matches in both the Scottish Challenge Cup and FA Trophy, and Keates has challenged the duo to force their way into his plans for the upcoming campaign.

"Two great lads and two good, young players in the making," said Keates.

"This is the first step for them on the ladder.

"It is a big ladder but they have got the right attitude and I am sure if they apply themselves, they will climb it as quick as they can."