SHAUN PEARSON would love another season full of clean sheets but he would accept conceding more goals if it meant Wrexham scored a greater amount at the other end.

For the second campaign running Wrexham boasted a superb defensive record in 2018-19, keeping a club record-equalling 26 shut-outs, but the Reds only netted 58 times in 46 league games.

Although centre-half Pearson wants Wrexham to be just as solid at the back, the Reds' skipper recognises the importance of improving the goals-for column.

"The way the gaffer is talking and the way he wants us to play, we are probably be going to be a bit more open," said Pearson.

"We might concede a few more but like I said last season, if you concede 10 more but score 25 more then you would happily take that so hopefully that will be the case.

"Hopefully we don't concede 10 more but if someone offers me now that we are going to score 25 goals more and concede 10 more, I would snap your hand off for that."

Wrexham made a habit of winning games by narrow margins on route to the play-offs last term, often grinding out 1-0 victories.

But Pearson hopes that Saturday's 4-0 win over Cefn Druids in the first pre-season friendly is a sign of things to come.

"I am just trying to drive home that I want us to be more ruthless this year," said Pearson.

"When we do win games, we want to win by four or five if we can, or as many as possible, so it was pleasing to see that.

"We could have scored a few more but you have got to be pleased with that first game up."

Manager Bryan Hughes has sought to address the lack of creativity and goals by signing midfielder Devonte Redmond, and strikers Leighton McIntosh, JJ Hooper and Mark Harris.

The new additions made their mark at Druids, Redmond opening the scoring before Hooper added a brace, and Pearson feels they've already shown they have a lot to offer.

"It was pleasing in the first half, a couple of the new lads got themselves on the scoresheet," said Pearson.

"You can see a lot of positive signs which is a good thing.

"I said to the gaffer that even in training, the new lads look like they are going to bring something to the table which is really pleasing.

"They look like they can give us something that we maybe didn't quite have the last couple of seasons."

Pearson added: "We were in last week and the lads worked hard.

"It is nice just to get back playing; you would rather play than train and I thought the lads did well.

"For the conditions we played in with the heat, the tempo and pressing was pretty good so the lads can be pleased with that first up and it was nice to win."