WREXHAM'S latest recruit Alex Smith sought advice from a Racecourse legend before agreeing to join the club.
Smith is due to complete the formalities of his Dragons transfer this afternoon, having consulted his great friend Gary Bennett about the move during a game of golf earlier this week.
The 28-year-old Scouser, pictured above, played in the same Chester City side as ex-Wrexham hero Bennett in the late 1990s, and when Smith asked him whether he thought joining the Dragons was a good idea the response was an emphatic yes.
Bennett, who gained cult status with fans during his first spell with the club between 1992-95, said: "Alex wanted my opinion and I told him it would be a fantastic move for him.
"I believe moving to Wrexham will suit him down to the ground. The football they player under (manager) Denis Smith is just right for him.
"Alex is not a lover of the long-ball game. He's a footballer. I reckon the fans at Wrexham will take to him."
A cultured left-sided wing-back or winger, Smith was also being tracked by League Two side Bury, but Bennett's advice convinced him to join the Dragons.
The Merseyside-based pair struck up a lasting friendship after traveling to training together when they were at Chester, and have remained pals ever since.
Bennett, right, added: "I get to Wrexham games as often as I can but the fact Alex will be playing there now spices things up even more for me."
Smith started his career at Everton before moving to Swindon, Huddersfield and then Chester. In 1999 he was signed by Port Vale, where he stayed for two years before joining Reading.
But he failed to make an impression at the Madejski Stadium and was loaned to Shrewsbury Town before signing a short-term contract with his old club Chester last term.
Smith was injured during the latter stages of their campaign and missed the club's Nationwide Conference championship celebrations. He's been a free agent since leaving Mark Wright's League Two newcomers.
Dragons boss Denis Smith, meanwhile, is sure the latest capture can be a more than adequate replacement for Blackpool-bound wing-back Paul Edwards.
"The lad can play," said the Wrexham manager last night.
"I've been aware of him ever since he was playing for Everton reserves, many years ago. Now he's 28 and he's got bags of experience and quality."
Smith is still short of cover on the left side and is stepping up his efforts to bring in another new face.
* WREXHAM were yesterday handed an away tie at Hull City in the first round of the Carling Cup. The match will be played in the week starting August 23.