BRYAN HUGHES hopes to have more new signings in place before Wrexham return for pre-season training on Monday.

Hughes has kept the core of the squad that helped Wrexham finish fourth in the National League last season, securing a play-off spot for the first time in six years.

Eastleigh won the eliminator tie 1-0 but Hughes has set his sights on mounting another promotion challenge in 2019-20 and has so far made two new additions, with midfielder Devonte Redmond and striker Leighton McIntosh arriving at The Racecourse, and more are set to follow imminently.

"We are still looking and hopefully I will get one or two over the line this week which will near enough finish the squad off," said Hughes.

"I am pleased to keep the nucleus of the team together after going so close last season and just petering out the year before.

"I am not a big fan of a lot of change, especially after going so close, but it is adding to it . We have signed two players and one or two more will be potentially coming in this week."

Despite challenging for promotion last term, Wrexham only scored 58 league goals with Shaun Pearson, Akil Wright, Mike Fondop and Stuart Beavon all finding the net six times to share the leading scorer award.

McIntosh has penned a one-year deal after leaving Scottish League One club Airdrie, where he finished the 2018-19 campaign as the club's top scorer with 17 goals, and Hughes is keen to further add to his strike options.

"We were lacking in goals so from the start we had to look at the striker department," said Hughes.

"My first thought was to bring in strikers who know where the back of the net is and can score goals.

"But that is what everyone else is looking for. I have lost a few, some because of money and some have gone to play in the Football League, but I am confident with the players I am bringing in."

Hughes is also looking to appoint a new goalkeeping coach now that Jussi Jaaskelainen has left the club to return to his native Finland.

"Jussi was brilliant for me when I first came in," said Hughes, who became Wrexham's third manager of the season when he was appointed in February.

"It was a bit of a whirlwind but he gave me the ins and outs of the squad and what had happened so he will be a big loss.

"But we always knew he would be going back to Finland so we did well to keep him for so long."

Hughes hinted that Jaaskelainen's replacement may well have links with Wrexham.

“I have got other people in mind," added Hughes.

"I want to bring an identity, people who know the club and care, like I did with Brian Flynn coming in as my assistant.”