TOM O’CONNOR endured a frustrating start to his Wrexham career but the midfielder is looking forward to showing supporters what he is capable of.

O'Connor joined the Reds from Burton Albion during the January transfer window for an undisclosed fee, putting pen to paper on a three-and-a-half-year deal keeping him at The Racecourse until June 2025.

Keen to make an immediate impression, O’Connor made four appearances before sustaining a hamstring injury which kept the 23-year-old sidelined for two months.

When he returned to the fold, O’Connor was restricted to three substitute appearances during the run-in before a surprise inclusion in the Wrexham defence for the 1-0 FA Trophy final defeat to Bromley at Wembley.

There was another appearance off the bench the following weekend when Phil Parkinson’s side lost 5-4 against Grimsby Town in the play-off semi-final and the promotion dream came to an end.

It’s all about the future as far as O’Connor is concerned and he believes having a run of games in the side when the 2022-23 National League campaign kicks off will help him show fans what he can do.

“The injury came at a fairly bad time,” said O’Connor, who will return for pre-season with his team-mates next week.

“I was trying to prove myself and didn’t really get as much game-time as I wanted last season.

“I have been back a while now. Obviously I didn’t get much game-time when I was back but the injury is fine.

“I just feel like I need to push on and I am looking forward to getting a few more games, and showing people what I can do.

“When I signed for Wrexham I had broken my wrist a few weeks before and that still affected me a little bit.

“I feel there is a lot more in the locker so hopefully I can push on next season and help towards promotion which is the end goal.

“Hopefully I come into pre-season fit, ready and hit the ground running.”

O’Connor came through the Southampton academy and went on to have two spells on on loan at Gillingham.

When his Saints contract expired, the Republic of Ireland U21 international made the switch to Burton and scored five goals in 21 appearances during his half-season with the Brewers in League One.

O’Connor is relishing finding his feet in the fifth tier with Wrexham having proved his worth in a higher division.

“I had a good few games in League One under my belt and I feel like I did pretty well there,” added O’Connor.

“The National League is a tough league as well but if I can get a good run of games under my belt, hopefully I will get into a bit of a rhythm and show people what I can do."