STRIKER Marc Williams has revealed the hurt that is fuelling his determination to fire Wrexham back into the Football League at the first time of asking.

The 20-year-old younger brother of Racecourse defender Mike has already scored 13 goals for the Dragons in all competitions, even though he barely figured in the side for the first 11 games of the campaign that were played under the stewardship of former manager Brian Little.

But Williams says the bitter disappointment of last season’s relegation has not gone away.

“I have been at this club for 12 years and it is very close to my heart,” he said yesterday. “People can see what it means to me every time I score a goal because I’ll never forget the night at Hereford United when our relegation was confirmed.

“Brian Little put a lot of young lads out that night and we had to take all the flak from our own fans, even though we were not the players who had got the club into that mess. I don’t think he should have done that.

“I particularly remember the reaction from the fans in the far corner of the ground and it’s for them that I am 100% committed to getting Wrexham back into the Football League and hopefully that will happen this season.”

Unsurprisingly, the Wales under-21 international’s goals have made him a hot property and with his contract expiring in May, current Racecourse boss Dean Saunders has opened negotiations on a new deal similar to that accepted earlier this week by Andy Fleming and Sam Williamson.

But Williams is happy to leave such matters to his agent, Gareth Child, adding: “I just want to play football.

“Obviously I am ambitious and I want to play at the highest possible level, but I am in no rush at the moment. We’ll see how the season pans out and if we get promotion that would be great.

“What would be even better would be for me to score more than 20 goals in a successful promotion campaign, and that’s all I’m really concentrating on.

“I am enjoying my football , so I just want to keep my head down and try to keep improving as a player. I don’t want to get involved in contract talks – that’s for my agent to sort out.

“Every day in training I try to keep my eye on the ball and all I’m thinking about at the moment is getting another three points in the bag at Ebbsfleet United on Saturday.”

Child, who also acts for Marc’s brother, confirmed that talks were under way with the Wrexham boss.

“Things are going smoothly and hopefully everything will be sorted out to everyone’s satisfaction before the end of the month,” he said.