STEVE PARKIN is hoping "key player" Shaun Brisley's knee injury is not serious and the centre-back does not miss Wrexham's big kick-off.

Summer signing Brisley sustained the injury in the first half of Saturday's 2-2 draw at Spennymoor Town and although he tried to continue, was soon forced off.

That was Wrexham's final scheduled pre-season friendly. although assistant manager Parkin hopes to arrange another game this weekend before the Reds start a 14th campaign in non-league with a home match against Yeovil Town on Saturday August 21.

Fellow new signing and central defender Harry Lennon did not feature against Spennymoor and Parkin is hoping for good news on the injury front.

"Pre-season is always disappointing when you pick up a couple of injuries," said Parkin.

"The Bris one might have been avoided, it is disappointing because he has been steady and we know he is going to be a key player throughout the season.

"Fingers crossed he is not too bad.

"Harry's knee was a little bit sore so we erred on the side of caution knowing what type of game it would be so hopefully it will settle down in the next couple of days."

Wrexham announced the signing of defender Aaron Hayden from Carlisle United for an undisclosed fee on Sunday, with the 24-year-old putting pen to paper on a three-year deal.

Short of centre halves when Brisley limped off at Brewery Field the previous day, Jamie Reckord came on and played in the back three alongside Tyler French and a trialist.

It was left-back Reckord's first pre-season outing after recovering from coronavirus and Parkin was impressed with his performance.

"I thought he was really good," said Parkin.

"He has gone into a position that he has probably not played before.

"We asked him to do a job on the left hand side of the three and he was good. His passing was good and his covering positions were good.

"He has been off the best part of 14 days with Covid and only had a few days training but we were delighted with his performance."

Hayden, who was vice captain at League Two Carlisle, became Wrexham's sixth summer signing following the addition of Liam McAlinden, Brisley, Jake Hyde, Lennon and Paul Mullin.

Parkinson, currently self isolating after contracting Covid 19, is due to return to The Racecourse later this week and Parkin is confident more players will be recruited ahead of the Yeovil showdown.

"Phil will be back in the building on Thursday," said Parkin.

"He is working hard with Shaun Harvey, Les Reed and the chairmen trying to strengthen the squad.

"We will watch the video back and just assess how the lads are with a few tired legs because it is the first full 90 minutes for a few of them but in general we are pleased with how it has gone."