BRYAN HUGHES says Mike Fondop still has a future at Wrexham.

The striker joined the Reds last summer on a two-year deal following spells with Halifax Town and Guiseley and made a stunning start to his spell at The Racecourse.

Following a prolific pre-season, Fondop scored five times in the opening six games of the 2018-19 campaign, the last goal coming in the 2-2 draw with Bromley on August 25.

But the goals dried up and although Fondop was on target in the 3-0 FA Trophy win against Boston United in December, he fell down the pecking order and was loaned to Maidenhead United in February.

Fondop has 12 months remaining on his contract and Hughes hopes the frontman can rediscover his early season form when he returns after the summer break.

"Mike was lacking in confidence when I came in and he had a frustrating second half of the season," said Hughes.

"He went on loan to Maidenhead and got a red card in his second game which meant he missed three games, and then he found it hard to get back in.

"When he did get back into the team, it was the end of the season.

"Mike is under contract here and it will be a really good opportunity to have a look at him in pre-season.

"If he starts back like he did last year, I don't see why he can't be part of the club going forward."

Wrexham only netted 58 goals in 46 league games as Shaun Pearson, Akil Wright, Fondop and Stuart Beavon all struck six times to share the leading scorer award.

Hughes says adding to his attacking options, and finding prolific strikers, is a priority when it comes to making new signings.

"In general over the last couple of years, our defence has been fantastic," said Hughes.

"I have been trying to find the right formula in our attacking three.

"Ben Tollitt leaving was a big loss because we were getting somewhere with Ben, he gave us something different.

"We went with inverted wingers which got us over the line but going forward, we have got to try and get people who can really hurt teams.

"Jason Oswell, Mike and Bobby Grant are staying but I am looking for different types of strikers; power and pace, wide forwards as well as strikers.

"We just need to add a bit of variety up there. The problem is, everyone else is looking for them people who can score goals."

Kevin Roberts, Chris Holroyd, Nicky Deverdics, Luke Simpson and Kemy Augustein have been released by Hughes but seven players - Rob Lainton James Jennings, Mark Carrington, Luke Summerfield, Doug Tharme and Kieran Kennedy - have all been offered new contracts.

Paul Rutherford has been offered and already accepted a new deal while Leo Smith has been invited back for pre-season training.

Nine players are already under contract for next season.

Christian Dibble, Manny Smith, Shaun Pearson, Jake Lawlor, Luke Young, Akil Wright, Mike Fondop and Jason Oswell are under contract while Bobby Grant has exercised an option to remain at The Racecourse.