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Smith promises a new look for next season

DENIS Smith has promised there will be changes at Wrexham next season even if the Reds survive the relegation battle.

DENIS Smith has promised there will be changes at Wrexham next season even if the Reds survive the relegation battle.

Smith must mastermind a victory over Huddersfield on Saturday to maintain a realistic chance of Division Two football next season.

But as he decides on tactics, working around suspensions and injuries, he's resigned to long term changes in both personnel and attitude.

"We've got to do things differently at times because we're not in a position to say that we're the best team in the league," said Smith.

"It doesn't matter if we stay up or go down, changes will come."

The changes Smith is planning cannot be implemented in time for the visit of Huddersfield, who have won five and drawn two of their last seven games.

Even so, Terriers manager Lou Macari knows the Wrexham match will be tough. He admits he was impressed when he saw them play Cardiff on Friday.

"With a bit better refereeing and a touch of luck they might have won the game," he said.

"They were neat and tidy, but the final ball let them down. One thing is for sure it will be a big result for us if we can get something from them."

Dan Bennett and full back Kevin Sharp are out through suspension together with the injured Stephen Roberts.

But whatever happens during the last five games of the season, Smith hopes that the youth set up he has inherited will continue to bear fruit. Defender Shaun Pejic, for example, has made a first team place his own during the past few games.

"Players will be leaving during the summer, there's no question of that," said Smith. "But there are other youngsters there.

"Shaun can mentally handle it. It's been a big test of his character but he's come through it extremely well."

Shaun is a product of the Youth Academy run by Lee Congerton, who is also pleased at his elevation to the first team.

"Shaun's done extremely well," he said. "We're all delighted for him and he's an example for the rest of the youngsters.

"It gives a clear message to the young players and the community that the system does work, whatever it's called.

"To be fair Denis has come in and he's been fantastic in encouraging the youngsters and the success of Shaun shows that if our players are given a chance they will come through."


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