WREXHAM'S Mr Reliable - Andy Holt - notches up his 40th consecutive appearance for the Dragons at Walsall tomorrow and says he would not have missed the club's rollercoaster ride for the world.
The Stockport-born wing-back, the only ever-present since signing for manager Denis Smith last summer, modestly attributes his consistency to a lack of competition for places in a small squad combined with good fortune avoiding injuries. And he insisted he had no regrets about moving to the Racecourse from Hull City.
"Of course I knew Wrexham had been having problems off the field last season but I felt Denis Smith was bringing together a good squad of players with the potential to do well," said Holt yesterday..
"During the first few weeks of the season we lived up to that potential because we were well-placed. Unfortunately the size of the squad meant we would always be susceptible if we picked up injuries, which turned out to be the case, and things just seemed to snowball.
"We had a lot of big players missing, then went into administration and were docked 10 points and for a while it began to look bleak.
"But, touch wood, we are now getting the wheels back in motion and everyone seems to be bubbling again.
"We had a great result at Chesterfield last month, coming from a goal down and we came from 2-0 down at Peterborough to get a point, big games for us. Before that when we went a goal down we were not able to get back into the game, but we believe that's changed."
Holt, hugely popular in the Dragons dressing room and regarded by his manager as an exemplary professional, admitted he was looking forward to the matches against former clubs Oldham Athletic and Hull, in the next fortnight.
"They are in the same week and both will be huge games for us," he added. "Playing Hull will be tough because they are riding high near the top of the table and they are a big club with a great following, especially at home.
"Against Oldham, the carrot for both sides is a place in the final of the LDV Vans Trophy and an opportunity to play at the Millennium Stadium. For Wrexham to get there, particularly this season, would be a huge achievement for the club and, of course, there would be a significant financial reward as well."
Wrexham's preparations for tomorrow's trip to the Bescot Stadium, where they will be seeking to extend their unbeaten run to five matches, suffered a minor blip yesterday when midfielder Jim Whitley missed training due to illness.
With midfield enforcer Danny Williams absent through suspension, the Racecourse boss has lined up Whitley as a replacement, while striker Juan Ugarte returns following his one-match ban, probably in place of the injured Chris Armstrong.
"Hopefully Jim will be okay to resume training tomorrow morning," said Smith.. "Chris is still having trouble with a thigh strain and possibly should not have played last Saturday.
"But otherwise we are in pretty good shape and we are looking more like a team again. In recent weeks as Juan has got a few goals, the other lads are beginning to play with the belief that we can convert the chances we make."
* WREXHAM have re-arranged their forthcoming home League One match against Brentford in order to avoid a clash with the Wales v Austria World Cup qualifier being played at the Millennium Stadium on Easter Saturday, March 26.
They will now entertain the Bees 24 hours earlier on Good Friday afternoon (3pm).