EXCITED manager Dean Keates is "looking forward to what the future brings for this football club" as the takeover of Wrexham Football Club nears its conclusion.

Wrexham Supporters Trust announced on Friday that Hollywood stars Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney's takeover at The Racecourse has been approved by the Financial Conduct Authority and the actors are expected to "formally complete the sale of shares in Wrexham AFC next week".

The actors donated money for Keates to strengthen his squad before the January transfer window closed on Monday and have pledged to invest £2million immediately when they become owners.

"From the first day when it was announced, we have only ever concentrated on what we can control and that is on the football pitch," said Keates.

"It has always been going on in the background, we are well aware of it, and we are at a point now where it will all be done next week and the transfer of the ownership goes over, and it will be an exciting future for the football club going forward.

"Things have been there for the last few weeks, the people coming into the football club made the donation so we could be active in the transfer window.

"We are at that final hurdle now, it is just a case of the announcement and looking forward to what the future brings for this football club."

The high profile takeover has captured the imagination of people all over the world but on the pitch, Wrexham missed the chance to move into the National League play-offs after drawing 2-2 with Dagenham and Redbridge at The Racecourse on Saturday.

Goals either side of the break from wing-backs Jamie Reckord and Reece Hall-Johnson put the Reds 2-0 up but the Daggers reduced the deficit and equalised in the fifth minute of injury time as late pressure told.

Victory would have moved Wrexham up to sixth position - they are now ninth in the table, one point away from the play-offs - but Keates insists his side remain well-placed with over half of the season remaining.

"We are not where we want to be because we want to be top of the league," said Keates.

"We should have been in the play-offs, we should have seen in through.

"It is disappointing on that but there is still loads to play for.

"It is going to be up and down with everything that has gone on with the pandemic but all being well the resolutions get sorted this week and the season can continue, and we can keep pushing on."