TEENAGE midfielder Nathan Fairhurst is to stay at Wrexham until the end of the season and will also be available, if necessary, for the Blue Square Premier play-offs.
And the 19-year old, who has spent the last two months at the Racecourse on loan from Preston North End, is hoping that an extended run of games under Dragons boss Dean Saunders will help to earn him a new a contract with the Championship club.
Fairhurst, who has figured in 10 league and cup matches since arriving in November, is out of contract at Deepdale at the end of the season, but yesterday he revealed his manager Alan Irvine is planning to watch him in action tomorrow evening when Wrexham take on promotion rivals Cambridge United at the Racecourse.
“I’m looking forward to it, even though his presence will add a bit of pressure,” said the teenager. “Obviously I want to do as well as I can for Wrexham in what is another big game for us, but the opportunity is there as well to make an impression on him (Irvine).
“My contract at Preston is up in the summer and it’s the first time that he has had the chance to see me, or Wrexham, so there could be quite a lot at stake.”
Confirming he was happy to see out the remainder of Wrexham’s bid to bounce back into the Football League at the first time of asking, Fairhurst added: “There’s an automatic extension to the loan if we reach the play-offs and I’m pleased everything has been sorted out.
“I am really enjoying it here, even though the league is a bit more physical than I thought it would be. But that’s something you have to deal with and I feel I have come to terms with that side of the game during my time here.
“It was a really tough game at Torquay on Friday night where the weather didn’t help, but we came away from there with a point and possibly could have got all three.
“I thought we defended really well and it was a shame that we switched off for the one corner that led to their equaliser.”
The Plainmoor stalemate was Wrexham’s third league draw in a row, but Fairhurst is confident that a return to winning ways is not far off for the Dragons.
“Results have gone pretty well since I joined the club and it’s not that we’ve played poorly in the last few games,” he said.
“We have not been far away and everyone always gives 100%, but we do need to get back to winning ways quickly. If we can find a bit more quality in the final third the goals will come and perhaps the midfield players could help by chipping in with a few.”
Fairhurst, who has yet to score for the Dragons, added: “I’ve had chances in the past and I’m always confident in front of goal, but in some games you don’t get as many opportunities. Hopefully that will change very soon and then it’s just a case of taking them.”
Racecourse boss Saunders, who ran the rule over no fewer that eight trialists in a full-scale match against Welsh Premier outfit The New Saints at Colliers Park yesterday, is delighted to keep Fairhurst.
“He is a player with fire in his belly and he wants to do well every time he goes out on the pitch,” said the manager. “He and Andrew Fleming are alike in that respect and they both want to be involved in everything.
“They were outstanding for us at Torquay the other night and the work they put in ensured that the opposition only threatened from set-pieces and not once from open play.”
Saunders confirmed that Bolton Wanderers youngster Nathan Woolfe is staying for a third and final month on loan and that former Cameroon international Patrick Suffo has been signed until the end of the season.
“Patrick will play an important role for us this season,” he maintained. “In terms of talent he is head and shoulders above everyone else, he is good in the dressing room and he is helping the younger players every day.”