MIDFIELD player Nathan Fairhurst believes he has made the right choice by joining Wrexham, rather than staying with Championship club Preston North End.
The 19-year-old says the opportunity to play regular first team football with the Dragons outweighs the fact that they are facing up to a second season of Football League exile after blowing their chances of reaching the Blue Square Premiership play-offs.
Fairhurst, who is content for his agent to hammer out the terms of his new Racecourse deal, said: “Sometimes in life you have to take a step back in order to then take two steps forward and that’s how I view my decision to stay with Wrexham.
“I could have accepted Preston’s offer in the knowledge that my first team chances would be extremely limited, but that’s what made my mind up.
“I have enjoyed being part of the first team at Wrexham and I believe there is a great deal of potential at the club, whose facilities are equal to that of a
Announcing Fairhurst’s decision on Tuesday, Wrexham manager Dean Saunders expressed confidence that the deal would benefit both the player and club, a view shared by the teenager.
“I’ve been impressed by the gaffer and his coaching staff and he (Saunders) wants us to play the game in a way that is good for me and suits my style,” added Fairhurst.
“It was physically demanding for me last season and something of a new experience coming up against so many experienced players, but it was character building as well.
“I know there is a lot I can improve upon – especially in terms of contributing more goals from midfield – so I’ll need to work hard and pin down a place in the starting line-up.
“If I do that on a regular basis, playing for Wrexham will put me in the shop window and hopefully I can play my part in helping the team to improve on last season.
“This is not a small club, it should not be in this league and I’m hoping next season that we can sustain the sort of performances that we had when I first came in on loan.”
Meanwhile, Wrexham last night confirmed that Championship side Coventry City will play a pre-season friendly at the Racecourse on Saturday, July 11 (3pm).
City will donate their match fee to the Dragons’ Centre of Excellence.