WREXHAM goalkeeper Matt Baker has been handed a golden chance to stake his claim for Andy Dibble's number one jersey.
The 24-year-old, signed from Nationwide Conference side Hereford United earlier this summer, was the only keeper in the Dragons' 18-man squad which sailed out of Liverpool for the week-long Isle of Man tournament.
Manager Denis Smith has left Dibble behind so the 39-year-old veteran can continue his recovery from the broken arm he sustained at Peterborough United in March.
That means Baker, who made his debut in Tuesday's friendly with Stoke City, is likely to keep his place for the first two games in the summer tournament.
The Dragons then take a break from the Isle of Man tournament to fly back for Wednesday's Racecourse friendly with Liverpool, where Dibble will come into contention for a starting place after making his comeback as a substitute for Baker in the 1-1 draw with Stoke.
After facing the Reds, the Dragons fly back for the final game of the Isle of Man tournament which will be played on either Friday or Saturday, depending on how Wrexham fare in their opening two games.
The games will give Baker the opportunity to make up for his shaky debut against the Potters, when he was outjumped by striker Gifton Noel-Williams for the visitors' equaliser..
But Smith has plenty of faith in the young gloveman, and has been trying to toughen him up in training this week.
"Baker was very disappointed with the goal," said the Wrexham boss. "He looked edgy - but these games are for getting over things like that.
"We've been working on him in training since, getting him to take crosses under pressure. The cross Stoke scored from was one he'd probably have caught in the Conference - but at this level you have to punch them away.
"It's a learning curve for him." Smith will run the rule over every member of his first-team playing staff over the coming week.
Wrexham's small squad is bound to creak under the pressure of playing so many games in such a short amount of time - but Smith will at least get plenty of opportunity to experiment with his line-up ahead of the League One opener at home to Swindon Town on Saturday, August 7.
With Carlos Edwards and Matt Crowell out injured, the Wrexham manager knows he must juggle his resources carefully to ensure his players are not burnt-out before the Robins game.
But he has warned his more established players not to take their places in the team for granted.
"There are lads coming through, like Simon Spender and Levi Mackin, and maybe Mark Jones," added Smith. "But when you look at the squad, everyone in there is generally pretty experienced. It's a small squad but there are places in the team up for grabs."
Wrexham's four other summer signings - Danny Williams, Dean Bennett, Alex Smith and Andy Holt - can expect to see plenty of action in the Isle of Man.
Centre-back Craig Morgan is also in the squad after signing a new one-year contract on Friday. The 19-year-old had spent the summer stalling on the Dragons' offer.
* WREXHAM have turned down a second approach from Osasuna to rearrange their pre-season friendly, which was originally scheduled for Tuesday, July 27 but cancelled after the Spanish Primera Liga side altered their travel arrangements.