WREXHAM manager Denis Smith yesterday signed goalkeeper Mike Ingham on loan from First Division Sunderland.

The 23-year-old will make his debut for the Dragons at Queens Park Rangers this evening.

Forced to dip into the transfer market after Andy Dibble broke his arm at Peterborough on Saturday, the Racecourse boss finally secured an experienced replacement after spending much of the past 48 hours on the telephone.

Dibble was injured after 16 minutes at London Road and substitute keeper Paul Whitfield then conceded six goals in an abject team performance.

Ingham, a former Northern Ireland under-21 international, impressed Smith during a loan spell at York City last season when he played well in a 1-1 draw at the Racecourse, and Stadium of Light boss Mick McCarthy was quick to answer Wrexham's SOS.

"He's coming for a month initially," said Smith. "Signing Mike gives me a bit of breathing space and takes the pressure off Paul Whitfield.

"Mike has family in Preston where he will stay overnight before travelling down here in the morning. Although it's an important time of the season for Sunderland, Mick thinks a loan spell with us will do the lad good.

"There is a 24-hour call-back on the lad but it's better for him to be playing the likes of QPR than playing in Sunderland's reserve team and I'm delighted that he's joining us."