WREXHAM last night agreed terms to sign defender Ashley Westwood until the end of the year.
The 31-year-old former Manchester United trainee played alongside Dragons boss Dean Saunders at Bradford City and has recently returned to this country after a short spell in Belgium.
Saunders, who is currently on international duty with Wales, arrived at Dusseldorf airport last night to confirm that the deal had been done and he expects the centre-back to make his Dragons debut at Mansfield Town on Saturday.
The Bridgnorth-born player began his career at Old Trafford, but was released before making a senior appearance and went on to play more than 320 first-class matches for, among others, Bradford, Crewe Alexandra, Swindon Town and Chester City.
Last season he spent six months in the Blue Square Premier with Stevenage Borough.
Saunders who is concentrating on his role as assistant to Wales boss John Toshack ahead of tomorrow’s World Cup qualifier with Germany, said he was leaving the details to his Racecourse assistant Terry Darracott.
“I’ve agreed everything with Ashley so he will hopefully make his debut for us on Saturday at Mansfield, but I don’t want to say much more because I’m here with the Wales squad,” he said.
“I know Terry has arranged a practice match with Blackburn Rovers at the training ground and that the players have been training really well.”
But the Dragons boss could not resist commenting on Wrexham’s FA Cup draw on the first occasion that the club has entered the competition before the first round proper.
Either Harrogate Town or Eastwood Town, who drew 2-2 at the weekend, will visit the Racecourse in the fourth qualifying round on Saturday, October 25.
And Saunders, an FA Cup winner with Liverpool in 1992, added: “The only thing that concerns me about the draw is that we are at home and that we have got to try and get as far as we can in the competition.
“We’ll be looking to win all those games as well as our league matches because Wrexham have a great tradition in the Cup.
“I’ve got a winner’s medal, so I would not be happy with a runner’s-up medal this time round.”
Meanwhile, Wrexham midfielder Silvio Spann has been recalled by Trinidad & Tobago for their World Cup qualifier with the USA tomorrow evening.
The USA is expected to win the group, but Trinidad are battling it out with Guatemala for second place. With two games to play, both countries are level on points.
Trinidad finish with home games against the US and Cuba, while their rivals play the same teams but away from home.
“I got a phone call late on Sunday afternoon,” Spann said. “After that it was a bit of a panic to get in touch with the gaffer to clear it with him and then sort out flights.
“The TTFF officials were still travelling home from Guatemala on Sunday, so they couldn’t organise my travel.
“Hopefully, everything will drop into place and I will be back in Trinidad late on Monday. That will give me time to prepare myself for the game on Wednesday evening.
“This is a very important game for my country and it’s great to be involved again.”
Due to the times of return flights from the Caribbean, Silvio will head back to Wrexham on Thursday evening, arriving back at lunchtime on Friday.
Manager Saunders was happy for the player to leave.
“Silvio has been down a bit of late, but playing against York and now being recalled by his country has given him a lift,” said the manager.
“This is exactly the sort of thing I was trying to point out to the players, if you put in the work, then you will get your rewards. It is a long trip for him, but he’s used to it and it’s great to see him smiling again.”