'START as you mean to go on' is JJ Hooper's philosophy after making a goalscoring debut for Wrexham.

The striker, who arrived at The Racecourse last month following his release by Grimsby Town, scored twice as the Reds began their pre-season programme with a 4-0 win against Cefn Druids on Saturday.

Fellow new signing Devante Redmond grabbed the opener before Hooper netted from the penalty spot and then converted James Jennings' cross.

Having been a regular on the scoresheet during a loan spell at Bromley last term, Hooper wants to continue in the same vein of form when Wrexham kick-off a 12th season in non-league.

"It was a nice feeling to score two goals so hopefully it continues," said Hooper.

"I took the penalty and then Jenno has put a great ball in, all I had to do is tap it in.

"Scoring goals is a massive part of my game but the most important thing now is to get fit and make sure I am firing come August.

"I appreciate the support I have had from the fans already and hopefully when the season starts, I can score as many goals as I can.

"It is always a nice feeling to hit the net, whether it is a friendly or not, but I can't wait for August."

Hooper set up Redmond for the opening goal before the midfielder repaid the favour as the former won the penalty which he converted.

The 25-year-old feels the duo are already forming a partnership that bodes well for the coming season.

"We have had a good little partnership going on in training and we are going to try and continue it now in pre-season," said Hooper.

"And hopefully when the season kicks-off, we can continue then.

"Bobby Grant and Mark Harris up top as well, we linked up well together and hopefully it will continue.

"We are just learning from each other at the moment and it can only get better.

"It is a great bunch of lads here, one of the best I have been with. I am enjoying it and can't wait for the season to start."

Hooper, and the rest of his team-mates, all played 45 minutes as manager Bryan Hughes named two different sides at The Rock.

Wrexham face Fleetwood at Poolfoot Farm in their next friendly on Friday before heading to Portugal for a training camp, with the Reds facing top-flight side Portimonense SC during their spell in the Algarve, and Hooper is relishing two tricky tests.

"I thought the boys played well at Druids and it was good to get 45 minutes under my belt as well," added Hooper.

"Fleetwood will be a good challenge, they are a few leagues above us so we can see where we are at and then we can look forward to Portugal.

"It will be a tough game over there, especially in the heat, but it will be good."