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YOUNG Wrexham goalkeeper Kristian Rogers is due at the Racecourse in the next couple of days to sign a one-year extension to his contract.

YOUNG Wrexham goalkeeper Kristian Rogers is due at the Racecourse in the next couple of days to sign a one-year extension to his contract.

The 21-year-old Chester-born player will be understudy next season to new arrival Andy Dibble, the former Wales international, who has also accepted a one-year deal from manager Denis Smith.

Rogers started last season as the No 1 for former boss Brian Flynn, keeping David Walsh out of the side and, with teenager pal Whitfield also on the books, it was former Wales under-21 international Walsh who was released by Smith in April.

And Rogers said he was delighted to be staying at Wrexham, despite last season's relegation to the third division.

"I'm very happy to agree an extension to my present contract and now I’m looking forward to working with Andy Dibble," he said.

"He is certainly an experienced goalkeeper and I believe he's looking to get more involved with coaching so that can only be of benefit to both myself and Paul Whitfield."

Rogers is the latest of eight players to put pen to paper on his new contract and he said the addition to the squad of Dibble, together with striker Lee Jones augured well for the new campaign.

"The fact that Andy and Lee Jones have signed deals plus the other players accepting contracts make me very optimistic for the coming season," he added.

"We seem to be getting a good mixture of youth and experience in the squad."

Meanwhile, central defender Dennis Lawrence has revealed he still harbours ambitions to play international football for Trinidad and Tobago, especially following the departure of national coach Rene Simoes.

The Soca-Warriors failed to qualify for the World Cup despite making a superb start to their qualifying campaign under Englishman Ian Porterfield, who used the big centre-half in 10 successive matches.

But when Simoes took over Lawrence and his Racecourse colleagues Carlos Edwards and Hector Sam found themselves out in the cold with the coach justifying his decision by the fact that the trio were playing second division football.

But Lawrence has told the country's football authorities that he bears no grudges.

"I always have that ambition to play for my country and I will always give 110 per cent when and if I'm selected again," he said.

Lawrence endured a miserable start to Wrexham's season as he struggled to come to terms with English football but he was one of the side's more consistent defenders in the final couple of months of the campaign and, like Rogers, he is optimistic the Dragons can make an impact in the third division.

"We went through a transition period last season, which saw a new coach come in and he added a couple of players to the squad," he said.

"Basically we are now starting to get cohesion in the team, which should be good for next season.

"It is a good club and if we work hard we should do well next season."


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