WREXHAM manager Dean Saunders last night wrapped up his second loan signing of the week and declared: “We are all set for Saturday.”
After agreeing terms with young Manchester City defender Sam Williamson, who has signed for a month with a view to a permanent move in the January transfer window, the Dragons boss hinted that the left-sided 21-year old would make his debut in the weekend’s Blue Square Premier match at Stevenage Borough.
Cardiff City striker Jonathan Brown, who agreed a month-long stay at the Racecourse 24 hours earlier, is also likely to figure at Broadhall Way where Wrexham will be aiming to bounce back from last Saturday’s narrow 1-0 defeat at Kidderminster.
Saunders said: “Sam can play at left-back and left midfield, he is young and from good stock with a Premiership club.
“He has been a regular in City’s reserve team this season, he is exactly the sort of player I’m looking for and he wants to win something with Wrexham.”
The recruitment of Brown and Williamson means Wrexham now have six loan signings, although Ritchie De Laet returns to Stoke City after the weekend to undergo groin surgery.
Newcomer Brown has revealed it was the chance to work with Saunders that persuaded him to move to North Wales until the turn of the year.
The 18-year old Wales under-21 international yesterday confirmed he would have rejected a move to any other Blue Square Premier club, but had jumped at the chance to join the Dragons’ promotion push.
Speaking after his first training session at Colliers Park, the Bridgend-born teenager said: “When I was offered the loan deal, I was buzzing with excitement. The manager here is doing a really great job at the moment and Wrexham are flying.
“I would not have fancied going anywhere else, but Wrexham are a Welsh club and I see this move as the next step because I need to get some first-team games under my belt.
“I already know a few of the boys from the U21 set up and I can’t wait to get started. I don’t expect to go straight into the side, but when the chance comes I want to take it.
“This is an opportunity for me to impress in terms of both club and international football because (U21 boss) Brian Flynn has stressed how important it is for his players to be involved in first-team football.
“The main aim while I am here is to play as many games as I can, to score as many goals as possible and try and help Wrexham as well. Things have been going well since the manager came in and hopefully Wrexham will get back into the Football League as quickly as possible.”
Brown, who was a Wales schools sprint champion four years ago, has already made a handful of appearances for Cardiff’s first team and has been in good form for their reserve side, with five goals in his last six outings.
He added: “I’ve been training with the first team squad all season, but a recent knock saw me drop down the pecking order a bit. Hopefully a run of matches with Wrexham will put me back into the frame at Cardiff.”
Brown has been accompanied to Wrexham by Bluebirds’ team-mate Arron Morris, who will train with the club. Brown revealed that Swansea City teenager Joe Allen had also influenced his decision.
Allen, a hit with Dragons fans before injury cut short his loan spell at the Racecourse, is close to full fitness again and Brown said: “I spoke to Joe the other day and I know he would like to come back to Wrexham.
“He did really well during his limited time here and he will be playing again very soon, so maybe something will happen in that regard as well.”
Ahead of tonight’s deadline before the ban on any transfer activity until the New Year, Saunders said it was unlikely he would be adding to the numbers. And he was optimistic that young midfielder Andy Fleming would be fit to play in a planned midweek friendly with a view to being available on Saturday week.