ON-LOAN midfield player Ryan Flynn is keen to show what he can do for Wrexham after agreeing to spend a second month with the Blue Square Premier outfit.
The 20-year-old Scot’s initial month-long stay from Liverpool was interrupted by a thigh strain that prevented him from making his debut until the Boxing Day game at Barrow and he followed that with a full 90 minutes against Woking last Sunday.
And he is now targeting a first winning outing for the Dragons when they take on Ebbsfleet United this afternoon.
“After the last two matches, which we should have won comfortably, I’m hoping that we’ll take all three points tomorrow,” he said yesterday.
“We need to get back on the winning trail as quickly as possible to maintain the pressure on the teams above us.”
Flynn, who was born in Falkirk, appears to be a ready-made replacement for Manchester City youngster, Angelos Tsiaklis, who will be returning to Eastlands following the completion of his loan following the visit to Stonebridge Road.
And the Liverpool starlet is keen to establish himself quickly in the Dragons line-up. “The reason I am here is to play as many games as possible because the experience of first team football is invaluable for me,” he added.
“I’ve been pretty much a regular in Liverpool’s reserves for the past 12 months or so, but there is a huge gap between that and playing in the first team there. Once I had spoken to Dean Saunders I didn’t need much persuading that coming to Wrexham and playing senior football would be of benefit in terms of my progress.
“And it’s been great so far – the training is excellent and good fun and the facilities are good too, so I’m looking forward now to helping the club climb the league table.
“I’m an attacking midfield player, which fits into the manager’s philosophy of how he wants Wrexham to play, and I’d like to think I can score my fair share of goals during my stay.
“I had a couple of efforts against Woking the other day, but it seemed as though we were fated in front of goal, which was disappointing. But the team are creating chances and that’s the important thing.”
As ever, Racecourse boss Saunders yesterday was giving away few hints as to his starting line-up this afternoon, but recent signing Steve Abbott missed the overnight trip to Kent after picking up a calf strain during the midweek friendly at Blackburn Rovers.
But he is unlikely to make too many changes from the team that were frustrated by their lack of finishing ability against Woking.
He said: “Our training schedules have been disrupted a bit this week because of the frost, but we’ve done what we can and all I have said to the players is that we are going to Ebbsfleet to win the game.”
With Wrexham not in action on New Year’s Day, current league leaders Burton Albion took advantage to open up a 20-point gap over the seventh-placed Dragons.
But the Racecourse boss said he was not interested in his rivals.
“It would seem that the title is Burton’s to lose now,” he added.
“But we can’t do anything about the results achieved by other teams unless they are playing us, so we simply have to concentrate on our own programme. My job is to get the best players I can, to make sure they wear the Wrexham shirt with pride and show the fans they are prepared to work as hard as they can for the team.
“Once I have done that, it’s up to the players themselves.”
Ebbsfleet manager Liam Daish is desperate to halt his side’s run of five consecutive league defeats, the latest of which came in Thursday’s local derby with Gray’s Athletic, who won 1-0.
“We’ve got to take our chances and I’ve told the players that,” said the Fleet boss.
“It was such a disappointing day for everyone concerned. Now, we’ve got to pick ourselves up and do a lot better.”