UTILITY player Dean Bennett says a sense of injustice is fuelling Wrexham's battle to avoid relegation from League One.
The summer signing from Kidderminster Harriers, who is set to hit the comeback trail next week, can't wait for his chance to play a part in the struggle caused by the ten-point Football League deduction imposed as a result of going into administration.
Bennett, sidelined for two months after a hernia operation, is likely to begin his comeback in a reserve team match against Stockport County next Wednesday.
And after watching the Dragons take four points from their Christmas programme he is confident the New Year will be one of progress away from the foot of the table.
"What's been happening off the field is not something the lads could do anything about," he said yesterday. "But we are the first club to have been hit with the ten-point penalty, which punished the players, so we've certainly talked about the sense of achievement we'd feel if we can overcome that handicap and stay up.
"We've made a good start to that over the holiday so far and hopefully we'll continue our run against Blackpool at the Racecourse on Saturday."
Pointing out that in recent weeks Wrexham's ranks have been strengthened by the return from injury of Andy Dibble, Jim Whitley, Chris Armstrong and Alex Smith, Bennett said manager Denis Smith could soon find himself with some welcome selection posers.
"Because of the type of injuries we've picked up, many of them requiring operations, they have taken a considerable time to heal," he added.. "That's left the boss struggling at times even to come up with a list of 16 players to put out for a game.
"From a personal point of view it ' s been extremely frustrating because what I thought was a stomach muscle strain turned out to be a particularly bad hernia tear and I've been out of action longer than anyone might have anticipated.
"But the queues in the treatment room have thinned out a lot in recent weeks and that means the boss is at last beginning to have the sort of selection problems any manager would want.
"As it stands at the moment, I'll be able to play in the reserves next week and we'll take things from there. But I want to be involved again as soon as possible so that I can play my part in stringing together the results we need to get ourselves out of trouble."
Wrexham physiotherapist Mel Pejic, reporting another clean bill of health following Tuesday's 3-1 win against Chester-field, revealed that Carlos Edwards has also been pencilled in for next Wednesday's resumption of Pontins League action at Newi Cefn Druids' Plaskynaston ground.
The Trinidad international has not played since suffering medial ligament damage during a World Cup qualifier in June and was not expected to be available until the middle of January. Pejic said: "He might be involved next week but it's something we'll make a firm decision about after he's had a couple more days in training. Dean Bennett is likely to have a game but Danny Williams needs a couple more weeks yet before he comes back into contention."