WREXHAM manager Brian Little has signed defender Darran Kempson from neighbours Shrewsbury Town and last night said the opportunity was too good to turn down.
The 23-year-old centre-back has agreed a two-year deal at the Racecourse and is set to make his bow in tomorrow’s home friendly with Blackpool.
“Darran is a player we identified early on as someone we wanted to bring in,” said Little of his seventh summer signing, who was given a free transfer by Shrews boss Paul Simpson. “He is still young, but he is experienced, enthusiastic, vocal and energetic and we believe he will prove to be a good acquisition for us.
“And when he became available we felt we could not afford to miss out.”
Little made no apology for recruiting another defender in an area of the field where he would already seem to be well-served, having previously brought in Nat Brown and Kyle Critchell from Lincoln City and Weymouth respectively.
“I knew at the end of last season I wanted two new centre-backs and now I have them,” he added. “People will point to the number of defenders we still had under contract, but we conceded a lot of goals last season and if we tighten up at the back we won’t need to score as many at the other end.”
Both Brown and Critchell have also played in midfield and Little added: “We’ve tried both Gareth Evans and Nat in midfield in some of the practice matches and we do need a presence in the middle of the park. And by signing Darran we have strengthened the squad and we have increased competition for places.”
And Little confirmed he would continue to monitor the availability of players in the market place.
“My next target definitely won’t be a defender,” he added. “But we may have to exercise a degree of patience before we can also increase the competition for midfield players and strikers.”