DEAN KEATES believes Wrexham will complete their pre-season programme with four "realistic" friendlies that will stand the Reds in good stead for the 2020-21 National League campaign.

Wrexham have begun their build up to a 13th season in non-league with two successive wins, Keates' side beating Cymru Premier neighbours Cefn Druids 4-1 before Saturday's 2-1 success over a Salford City XI.

Next up is tonight's clash against Telford United at The New Bucks Head, with Wrexham playing host to the same opposition next Tuesday.

And with matches against two more National League North outfits in the shape of Kidderminster Harriers and Southport to come before Wrexham's first league game at home to Boreham Wood on October 3, Keates feels the upcoming friendlies will be the perfect preparation.

"We go into games now that are our kind of fixtures," said Keates.

"I would expect Telford, Kidderminster and Southport to be up there challenging for the Conference North so they will be relevant games for us.

"We will go to Telford and have a realistic game of football."

Keates fielded two different teams in Saturday's win against Salford, with both sides playing an hour of a match that was split into three 40 minute periods.

It is back to a normal 90 minute match against Telford and Keates is looking to increase the game-time for his players.

"It has been gradual steps for us," added Keates, who could give a first outing to new signing Fiacre Kelleher.

"The players got 45 minutes against Cefn Druids, the majority got 60 minutes against Salford.

"We have not been far off 90 minutes in in-house games and will look at getting some of them up to about 75 minutes at Telford."