WREXHAM have agreed a deal with Premier League giants Liverpool to take goalkeeper Dean Bouzanis on loan, although the Anfield youngster is unlikely to figure in this afternoon’s friendly against Coventry City at the Racecourse.
Australia-born Bouzanis, 18, was a member of the Liverpool side that reached the FA Youth Cup final last season and will compete with Chris Maxwell for a place between the posts this season.
Wrexham manager Dean Saunders said yesterday: “We’ve agreed with Liverpool to take goalkeeper Dean Bouzanis on loan, although we have yet to finalise the length of the deal and the figures, but the boy has agreed to come and the two clubs have given it the go-ahead.
“That’s ongoing so it might be a bit of a rush to get anything sorted by tomorrow, but we have two games next week and the quicker we get him in the better. There are a few things to tie up because he is eligible to play for both Australia and Greece and he has been asked to play in an international tournament so that’s another issue to sort out.”
With defender Mansour Assoumani returning to Wrexham yesterday from France to sign a one-year deal, striker Andy Mangan awaiting the outcome of his hearing into betting irregularities and a decision pending from an un-named defender from a Premier League club, the Dragons boss remains optimistic that his squad-building plans are falling into place.
“I have had to wait a long time for Manni because he has been offered different things so I’m pleased to get his name on the piece of paper,” added Saunders.
“The outcome of Mangan’s case will go a long way to deciding his future because he probably has a few things up his sleeve. I have spoken to him and he has said he would like to come to us, but we will have to wait and see.
“I’m expecting to hear from the full-back today, but if that does not materialise we’ll move onto the next player on the list.
“I have had to be as patient as I can be without leaving it too long. I am trying to get players to play for us who are too good for this league, which is difficult. We’re in the Conference so we cannot dictate terms to these type of players, we have to hope we can sell the club to them.
“I want to show them how determined I am to get the club back in the Football League and hopefully they will feel the same way. We have a great training ground and stadium, the club has a great history, everyone at the club is pulling in the same direction so the only drawback is the word ‘Conference’. That’s what we are up against.”
Looking ahead to this afternoon’s match, Saunders said: “We have a few lads on trial and I will be looking at more in games to come but tomorrow I just want most of the lads to get 45 minutes under their belt and see how they go. It will be a tough game against Coventry, which is what I wanted.
“We are not bang up to speed yet so we’ll treat it as another day’s training and I’ll try and give most of them a game.
“It’s a great opportunity for my players because their manager Chris Coleman is on the look-out for players, as are all the managers of the sides that will be coming to the Racecourse in the next couple of weeks. We have picked some difficult home fixtures to try and raise some money for the club and for the fans to watch some good teams.”