ONE of Wrexham's most famous footballing sons played a vital role in Matt Derbyshire's loan move to the Dragons.
The 19-year-old, who has made the switch from Premiership side Blackburn Rovers, says it was his manager Mark Hughes who urged him to agree to the one-month deal.
The Ewood Park chief, who is Wrexham-born, was happy to assist counterpart Denis Smith after injuries to Jon Walters and Juan Ugarte left the Reds boss with only one fully-fit professional forward.
Derbyshire has been a long-time target of Smith's and the pacy front-runner admits that once he got the blessing of Hughes, he was quick to sign up to the Racecourse outfit's League Two promotion push.
He said: 'The gaffer called me into his office and told me that Wrexham wanted me to go down there. He felt it would be good for me to get some games under my belt.
'I think he's good friends with Denis Smith and he had a lot of positive stuff to say about Wrexham.
'I'm looking forward to my time here and when I met the gaffer and his assistant Kevin Russell they seemed like very good people.'
Derbyshire has made one Premiership appearance and was on loan at Championship side Plymouth Argyle earlier in the season.
As the Mail was going to press, he was set to make his Wrexham debut in Tuesday night's home clash against Rushden & Diamonds. nNEWI Cefn Druids are showing the kind of form that should see them move away from the Welsh Premier League danger zone.
The Ancients climbed out of the bottom two with a thrilling 3-2 victory at Newtown on Saturday.
Dixie McNeil's men were two goals down with 40 minutes gone, only to stage a stunning fightback, which began a minute before the break when Mike Heverin converted a penalty. The forward kept his cool again eight minutes from time when he netted his second spot-kick.
And that set it up for strike partner Kevin Leech to grab the glory with an injury-time winner.
Buzzing Druids welcome another team with relegation fears, Caernarfon Town, to Plaskynaston Lane tomorrow night. nGresford Athletic look to bounce back from Saturday's shock NEWFA Challenge Cup defeat with victory in their Cymru Alliance home clash against Ruthin Town on Saturday.
The Clappers Lane outfit were dumped out at the quarter-finals stage by lower league neighbours Rhos Aelwyd - Phil Jones getting Gresford's goal in the 2-1 loss.
Lex XI moved into the last eight with a delayed third-round victory at Mynydd Isa - Gary Penlington, Robbie Nevitt, Warren Duckett and Craig Formstone hitting the target in the 4-1 win. On Saturday, Lex travel to Glantraeth in league combat.
Queens Park, meanwhile, host Bala Town on Saturday. Last weekend, they lost 1-0 to leaders Llandudno.