AFTER extending his Wrexham loan for a second month, prolific striker Matt Derbyshire has revealed that Blackburn's former Wales boss Mark Hughes has told him to "go out and make a name for himself" with the Dragons.
Derbyshire, who has netted five times in just four games so far for Wrexham, has extended his stay until Good Friday, April 14 - his 20th birthday..
Hughes has kept close tabs on his striking starlet throughout his spell at the Racecourse, and Derbyshire, who returns to Blackburn for training each Monday, has made quite an impression on his manager back at Ewood Park.
Derbyshire said: "I keep in contact with my boss Mark Hughes at Blackburn and go back every Monday to do my weight programmes and other training regimes if we haven't got a midweek game.
"Even when I'm down here, he rings up with words of encouragement and has told me to keep things going.
"He told me to go out and make a name for myself and then come back and do the business for Blackburn. The first team up there are doing brilliantly at the moment and if I get myself known at Wrexham, I'd love to go back to Rovers eventually and play a part in their success."
Derbyshire has proved to be an instant hit at Wrexham ever since he bagged a brace at home to Rushden & Diamonds on his Valentine's Day debut.
He followed that up with another double at Mansfield the following Saturday and despite drawing a blank against Northampton, he was back on the scoresheet at Barnet last Saturday.
Derbyshire said: "I've enjoyed every game that I've played since I've been here and it's been pleasing to get some goals - that's what I came here to do. I'd like to say that I've got an eye for a goal and it's great to be able to go out and try and score every week."
Should his loan be extended for a final month, Derbyshire would be able to complete the regular season with the Dragons although he would be unable to participate in the play-offs.
Although he would not be involved himself, Derbyshire still wants to fire the goals to get Wrexham in contention for a play-off place and despite a couple of slip-ups from the team in recent weeks, he feels that Wrexham's promotion chase is far from over.
He said: "We've been dropping a few points in games we should be winning, but I still want the team to make the play-offs."
Wrexham manager Denis Smith is pleased with Derbyshire's progress and believes that the player has the potential to eventually make the grade in the Premiership.
He said: "Matt's got a long way to go in order to make it at Premiership level, but there's no reason why he can't do it.
"The way he plays, with his pace, he will always casue defenders problems."
Derbyshire's speed has been something Smith has been keen to exploit during his loan spell, even though it meant readjusting his own team's tactics to accommodate his style.
Smith said: "We've had to adjust as it's been a long while since we had anyone with Matt's type of pace.
"But he's adapted well to the kind of football played at this level."
"Matt's done very well. He's a good lad who works hard," Smith added..