TEENAGE Wrexham striker Michael Carvill has spoken of his shock and delight when he found himself involved in a masterclass organised by soccer legend Ian Rush.
The former Liverpool and Wales marksman, who spent his final season as a professional footballer at the Racecourse, put on a coaching session last week for the current Dragons strikers.
And 19-year old Carvill admits he was “gobsmacked” when Rush turned up at the club’s Colliers Park training centre.
“It was a huge shock for me to see him standing there,” Carvill said yesterday. “When I was a kid he was one of my footballing heroes so I couldn’t believe my eyes.
“The man is an absolute legend and deservedly so because of his incredible goal-scoring record, and it was a huge privilege to be working with him.”
Former Charlton Athletic youngster Carvill, who is under contract with Wrexham until the end of the current campaign, said he had thoroughly enjoyed the 20-minute session.
“He organised some drills which were entirely new to me and he showed us by example,” added Carvill.
“His experience and ability shone through and you could just tell he knew exactly what he was doing.
“And from where I was standing it looked as though he had lost none of his instinct or ability.
“It was a fantastic experience for me and I’m hoping it won’t be the last time we see him at Colliers Park.
“I mean, where else are you going to receive coaching like that?”
Wrexham manager Brian Carey said former Chester City boss Rush, who now spends much of his time as an ambassador for the game, was always welcome at the club.
“Ian pops in now and again and if he volunteers to run a coaching session, why would I argue?” said the Racecourse boss. “But it is only ever going to be on a casual basis because he is a busy man.
“The fact is that his son used to play in our School of Excellence sides and, though he is now concentrating on his exams, his Dad occasionally brings him in to play with the youth team.
“Ian is always keen to take part in training sessions with us and it’s great to have him around.
“He did half an hour with the strikers last week and we were more than happy with that.
“Let’s face it, the players we have at the club can only benefit from any advice and help they can get from a player of his stature.
“He’s done the same thing at a number of clubs, including Liverpool and Newcastle United, and he has also been a manager at this level.
“It’s good for Rushie too because he is working towards his coaching qualifications so it’s a win-win situation all round.”
Meanwhile, already-relegated Torquay United visit Wrexham on Saturday with director of football Colin Lee calling for an early sale of the club, following the decision last week by chairman Mike Bateson to relinquish control.
"Things have to be addressed for next season, and they need to be done as soon as possible,” Lee said.
"Before anyone can make any decisions we need to know who's going to be in charge.”
"If a decision is going to be made, let it be made as quick as possible.”
He added: "Everyone assumes that there's going to be a change of chairman, and everyone is waiting to see who that might be.
"Everything is unknown. The only thing we do know is that we are in Conference next year.
Lee said: "We've got four players under contract for next season, and that's it at the moment.
"The players need to know where their futures lie.
"They have mortgages, families and children to provide for."
Of United's last three matches in the League – after Saturday they are away to Boston and home to Hereford – Lee said: "We've got to be professional.
"We gave the players an extra day off on Monday, because psychologically they needed it.
"But we regrouped on Tuesday to start to get ready for Wrexham.
"We are a professional club, and we've got to do things right."