BRYAN HUGHES is looking forward to seeing a lot more of Luke Summerfield in action next season if the midfielder commits his future to Wrexham.

The experienced midfielder, who injured a knee in Wrexham's 1-0 play-off eliminator defeat against Eastleigh on May 2, has been offered a new deal by the Reds' boss.

Contract talks have been on-going while Summerfield works towards full fitness and Hughes remains hopeful that the 31-year-old will put pen to paper.

Hughes has not had Summerfield available for selection for most of the time since he was appointed manager in February.

He picked up a calf injury in Wrexham's 1-0 win over Maidenhead on January 26 - Graham Barrow's last game as manager - and missed more than two months before featuring in the final four games ahead of the play-offs.

Although there was the set-back against Eastleigh, Hughes hopes to have Summerfield on board next season.

"We thought the worst after the play-off game but it is not as bad as we first thought," said Hughes.

"I am hopeful that Luke will sign his contract sometime this week and I am looking forward to seeing a lot more of him going forward.

"When I first came into the club he was injured with his calf, we managed to get him back for the play-offs and unfortunately he got injured in the first minute.

"I am looking forward to working with Luke next year so hopefully his contract gets sorted."

Summerfield, who joined Wrexham last summer from Grimsby Town, proved to be an influential figure in midfield as the Reds emerged as title contenders.

An injury curtailed the amount of football he played in the final few months of the season but Hughes knows Summerfield has a lot to offer when Wrexham begin a 12th season in non-league.

"Luke missed a lot of football and he had been a big player up to that point as well, he was very influential in the team," said Hughes.

"He got injured before I came here and I didn't see him really but I know his qualities.

"I played against Luke in my career so I know he is a good player and he's someone I am looking forward to working with a bit more closely next season."

Hughes has made two new signings so far this summer with striker Leighton McIntosh and midfielder Devonte Redmond arriving at The Racecourse.

But the Reds boss admits it isn't easy competing with Football League clubs as he attempts to land more targets.

"It is a slow process," said Hughes. "I was hoping to get another one over the line but it looks like he has chosen another club.

"Obviously we will get that along the way.

"It is not that we can't attract the players. Wrexham is a big club but people want to play in that Football League.

"The sooner that we get out of the National League and back into the league, that's when we will really start attracting the players."