ANDY MORRELL says being among the National League pacesetters when not firing on all cylinders is a fantastic position to be in - and new signings can help Wrexham realise their promotion dream.

Phil Parkinson’s side, who don’t have a game tomorrow, are currently third in the standings, four points behind leaders Chesterfield.

Although his former club are in a lofty position with half of the campaign gone, Morrell believes the Reds have not been totally convincing.

The Racecourse legend predicts there is a lot more to come from Wrexham in the coming months, especially armed with new signings that Parkinson is looking to complete during the January transfer window.

“Wrexham have done really well because the games I’ve seen, they’ve not been as good as I think they potentially can be,” said Morrell.

“The team that they have got and the players they have brought in, they can get better.

“I don’t think they have been really convincing yet, and into their rhythm, but to be third at the turn of the year and with money to spend to bring in a couple of new faces is a fantastic position to be in.”

Morrell, whose goals helped Wrexham clinch promotion from Division Three in 2002-03 and player-manager when the Reds were beaten by Newport County in the 2013 playoff final, believes a midfielder in the ilk of former team-mates Darren Ferguson or Dean Keates should be top of Parkinson’s shopping list this month.

“I would think a centre midfielder would be on their wish list,” said Morrell.

“I think they miss a player that can just get on the ball regardless of how the game is going, and dictate the tempo of the game.

“They miss that especially when things are tight against teams Wrexham are expected to win, especially at home, and they just need that calming influence; a Fergie or Keatesy type to sit in there and lead, and just take the sting out of things.

“Somebody like that would be brilliant to bring in.”

Wrexham won eight of their previous 10 league games prior to Sunday’s 3-1 defeat at Notts County and Morrell added: “If you can maintain that and then add a couple of new faces.

“The key to the new faces is they have obviously got to be good footballers but the type of character that you bring in really lifts the group to go again.”

Although he sees lot of positives at both ends of the pitch, Morrell believes Parkinson’s side are yet to find their true identity.

“I am not fully seeing a real pattern of play and what are they,” said Morrell. “What is their philosophy?

“Do they play out from the back or are they a bit more direct in getting bodies forward and getting balls in the box?

“I just think they are in that process of finding out their best way but to be third and grinding out results.

“They don’t concede many goals, they have got a player in Paul Mullin who scores goals on a regular basis and when you have got that formula, you have got a chance of winning some games.”