WREXHAM manager Denis Smith believes his latest recruit can help remedy a problem that dogged his side last season - a lack of goals.
While Alex Smith may not be the big-name centre-forward most fans want to see at the Racecourse, the Dragons boss is confident the 28-year-old left wing-back will deliver an improved supply line for strikers like Chris Llewellyn, Chris Armstrong and Hector Sam.
The former Port Vale and Chester man has an eye for goal too, and his new manager was yesterday delighted to have him on board.
"Hopefully with the signing of Alex, we'll get goals from wide left," said boss Smith. "We didn't get that last season.
"Defensively we were good, but we've got to get goals from more areas.
"We got goals from Carlos (Edwards) on the right, but what we need now is for the likes of Matt Crowell, Mark Jones, Danny Williams and Darren Ferguson to score more goals from midfield."
Smith, from Liverpool, played for Chester last season, but was injured during the latter part of the campaign and missed out on their Nationwide Conference championship party.
He explained: "I played about 20 games for Chester and I enjoyed every game I played, but I was carrying injuries towards the end of the season. Then I tore my calf and I think it was a case of out of sight, out of mind.
"Because there was no chance of me playing for the rest of the season, he (Chester manager Mark Wright) focused on the lads who were going to play in the run-in.
"To be honest, you don't like it, but you have to accept it."
Smith - signed as a replacement for Paul Edwards, who has joined Blackpool - has now recovered from his torn calf and met his new team-mates for the first time during yesterday's training session.
It was his first serious work-out since last season but Smith is still hopeful of being involved in some way in Tuesday's pre-season friendly with Stoke City at the Racecourse.
Chester offered Smith a new deal and there was interest from other clubs, but he made his mind up after talking to his namesake - Wrexham boss Smith - as well as former Chester team-mates Gary Bennett and John Murphy.
Bennett's two spells with the Dragons made him a Racecourse icon, while Murphy, now with Blackpool, played against Wrexham last season.
Smith said of Bennett: "He loved his time here so he couldn't speak highly enough of the place. But my main priority was that I went to a side that played good football.
"I also spoke to my mate John Murphy and he said Wrexham were one of the best team they played last year."
Smith, a former Everton trainee who has also had spells with Reading, Huddersfield, Swindon and Shrewsbury (loan), is in no doubt he made the right move.
"Chester were offering me contracts. But to be honest I was always going to sit it out and see what happened in the summer," he admitted..
"The fans at Chester were great to me, but when you look at the passion Wrexham fans have got and at the club itself, this is a lot bigger."
Boss Smith, who saw midfielder Jim Whitley pen a new two-year contract in midweek, expects to tie up his final summer transfer deal on Monday with the signing of Andy Holt.
The 26-year-old was released by Hull City at the end of the season.