BRIAN LITTLE says Wrexham are looking for “a winning formula” which will steer them clear of relegation.
The Dragons boss is today set to sign goalkeeper Gavin Ward from rivals Chester City, and said he was close to bringing in more players to boost the club’s battle to beat the drop.
Wrexham have also taken three out-of-contract players on trial.
Left-back Stephen Cooke, 24, played under Little for Aston Villa and has since been released by Bournemouth.
Former Northern Ireland midfielder Danny Sonner, 35, was at Port Vale, where new coach Martin Foyle managed, and midfielder Tommy Taylor, 22, has played for Viking Stavanger in Norway.
Although Wrexham have lost six league games in a row and are rooted to the bottom of League Two, Little said he had been impressed by many of the individual talents he already has at the Racecourse.
“Obviously we need to win football matches,” said the manager yesterday. “If you ask me individually about the players here I’ve been quite impressed. We have some very good players but so far we can’t quite find the right format to win games.
“Individually our players are decent players – they’re very honest, very committed players and we’ve just got to find the right players and a winning formula.”
Ryan Valentine has returned to the side recently after problems with a groin injury earlier in the season, while fellow defender Mike Williams has also been given an opportunity at centre-back following an ankle injury to Richard Hope.
“Ryan and Mike have both come into the category of talented players, but we’ve got to find a format that suits us, and until we do everybody is going to be in and out of the team.”
Little said he was expecting more new faces to arrive at the club.
“We’re very hopeful that in the next day or so we’ll have a couple of things to talk about,” he said. “We’ve been quite busy talking to different clubs about different things and we’re closing in on a couple of targets.”
Among the players Little is in talks about is midfielder Robbie Garrett, who was on loan at the Racecourse but is now back at Stoke City.
He added: “We’re still in conversation with Stoke about that and about what’s best for the player.”
With no game for the Dragons last Saturday because of the FA Cup, the Racecourse management team spent the weekend looking at players and sizing up their next two opponents.
While Little and his assistant Brian Carey each took in a League Two game to scout players, coach Joey Jones checked out tomorrow night’s FAW Premier Cup hosts Llanelli as they won 5-2 at Newi Cefn Druids. Meanwhile, new first-team coach Martin Foyle watched this Saturday’s League Two opponents Grimsby Town, who have won three in a row since December 29 and hauled themselves 14 points clear of the relegation zone.
“A week or so ago Grimsby were in a difficult position, but they’ve done well in the last week to 10 days and that’s the sort of run we need to try and copy,” said Little.
“It shows how quickly you can change things around if you can put two or three results together.”
Little said he had a report on his desk about Llanelli’s win over Druids, in which striker Rhys Griffiths – the Welsh Premier’s top goalscorer this term and for the last two seasons – hit a hat-trick.
Griffiths has been linked with Wrexham in the past, and the Dragons manager said he would get a chance to look into the report in more depth this morning.
“I have a report on the table in front of me – we’ll be looking at that later on and first thing tomorrow morning we’ll have a meeting about Wednesday’s game,” he added.
He said he had been impressed so far with Foyle since the former Port Vale boss was recruited as first-team coach.
“Martin, Brian and myself are bouncing ideas off each other all the time and I’ve been happy with Martin’s input so far,” said Little. “Changing the staffing was a difficult thing to do – it’s a massive time for us all and Brian, Martin and myself are trying our best to turn things around.”
Meanwhile, striker Jamie Reed has returned to the club from his loan spell at Welsh Premier side Aberystwyth Town.