BRYAN HUGHES is looking forward to an important final two weeks of pre-season.

Wrexham travel to Curzon Ashton this afternoon and complete their programme of friendlies with a home game against Crewe Alexandra next Saturday.

In between those fixtures, and ahead of the first National League match of the season against Barrow at The Racecourse on August 3, Hughes will be fine-tuning tactics on the training ground to ensure Wrexham are ready for the start of a 12th campaign in the fifth tier.

"Once we get through this weekend we are into those final two weeks," said Hughes.

"That is when the squad will come together as a whole.

"We haven't got any midweek games so we will be focussed on a lot of the training ground stuff going into Crewe, and the same the following week going into Barrow.

"The pre-season is panning out quite nicely."

Hughes, without midfielder Devonte Redmond for the last two games because of a thigh problem, has still not decided on his starting XI for the opening league fixture.

"I think I have got a squad that could all play that first XI which is a real good problem for me," said Hughes.

"We have got Devonte to come into that so I have got decisions to make but that is what I have to do.

"I have got to make sure everybody is ready and fit, and whoever we go with for that first game, it doesn't mean that the other lads are not going to be involved.

"Everyone will be part of it whatever we do this season but that first XI will be about getting us that right start going into the Barrow game."

Hughes is pleased with how Wrexham are growing into the new 3-4-3 system that he has used for the last three friendlies.

"Considering we have only just thrown this formation at the players, and the stage where we are at in pre-season, we are going along nicely in it," said Hughes.

"I think we are getting better at it all the time.

"Don't get me wrong, we lost against Stoke but from a manager's point of view there are definitely positives."