A GOAL in Wrexham’s 3-1 victory at Weymouth Town last Saturday that took his tally to date into double figures marked a personal milestone for striker Jefferson Louis.
And the 29-year-old Londoner, who never scored more than nine goals at any of his previous 11 clubs, said yesterday that Dragons boss Dean Saunders could take much of the credit.
“I’m buzzing at the moment and I feel full of confidence,” said Louis. “A lot of it is down to the way the gaffer has got us playing, the confidence in the team and the feeling that the lads are always going to create the chances for the strikers.”
Saunders, who built his career as a prolific striker for both club and country, has made a point of working to bring the best out of a player who, by his own admission, failed to live up to expectations elsewhere.
And Louis said he was grateful for the attention lavished upon him. “I have never been at a club where the manager used to be a striker and the gaffer here has made a big difference to my game,” he added.
“He has kept faith with me and I’m having a good run of games, which hasn’t always been the case in the past, but the main thing is that he has encouraged me to work on my mental strength and to believe in myself more.
“He was a great striker in his day and all the knowledge and experience he gained during his career is what he has been throwing at me.”
Delighted though he is to have hit double figures for the first time, Louis is refusing to look any further than the next game at Kidderminster Harriers on Saturday and claims he has not set himself any targets.
“I just take every game as it comes and we’ll so how it goes for the rest of the season,” he said.
“I feel as fit as I have ever been and I’m certainly stronger in the mental sense, which is the key to continuing to work hard even when it seems the goals won’t come. And the gaffer is constantly telling me to be strong and alert in the last 20 minutes, particularly, because that’s when the opposition is beginning to get tired and the chances are more likely to present themselves.
“That’s been the case in the games against Altrincham and Weymouth and I’ve managed to score late on in both. It’s great when that happens because it proves the gaffer knows what he is talking about.”
Meanwhile, Wrexham Supporters Federation, an umbrella organisation for various fans’ groups clubs, has backed Wrexham Supporters Trust (WST) in its aim to one day acquire a shareholding in the club.
In a statement the organisation said: “The Federation confirms its complete commitment to Wrexham FC – to its chairman and board, its manager, and the entire staff.
“It is our intention to do all that we can to ensure a speedy return to our proper place in the Football League, and to then see the club continue to prosper.
“All of the supporters’ groups that constitute the Federation are united in these ambitions, and we also remain in full agreement with the long-term objectives of the WST.”