WREXHAM boss Brian Little will resist naming his new captain until today - just two days before the Dragons start their Blue Square Premier campaign when big spending Stevenage head for the Racecourse Ground.
Midfielder Tom Kearney is favourite to lead the team on the field after he wore the armband in the 6-0 demolition of Stafford Rangers last Saturday.
Other contenders include centre-half Darran Kempson and goalkeeper Gavin Ward.
Brian Little’s men ended their pre-season campaign with a bang at Steve Bull’s Stafford Rangers with Shaun Whalley and Jefferson Louis both bagging doubles with Silvio Spann and Steve Evans also on target.
But when it comes to choosing a new captain Little says it’s crucial he makes the right choice.
He said: “I have played it down for some time. But the announcement has more importance than I’ve given it over the last few weeks.
“While we’re looking to have a lot of leaders on the pitch, we want to highlight a new approach to the game which is all about respect.
“The captain’s got to be someone who can keep his cool, help other team-mates and can be depended on to relay anything that needs to be relayed to the referee.”
And with just two days to go to the big kick-off Little has hailed Mike Williams a shining example of how he wants his players to react to the new-found competition in the Wrexham squad this season.
The versatile defender has been named in the Wales under-21 squad for the crucial European Championship qualifier against Romania.
North Wales born Williams has been a key member of Brian Flynn’s U21 squad during an impressive campaign in which Wales have topped their group and need just two points from their remaining two games to qualify for a two-legged play-off.
Wales host Romania at the Racecourse on August 20, then face the same opposition in Iasi on September 9.
Should they get the points they need, and progress through the play-off, then 21-year-old Williams could well find himself in Sweden with the Wales squad next summer.
However, the versatile defender faces tough competition for a place in the Wrexham team this season.
Wales international Steve Evans, as well as new signings Darran Kempson and Nat Brown, will all be vying for a place while Carl Tremarco has impressed and youngster Neil Taylor looks promising.
But Little praised Williams for having the right attitude and said competition for every position at Wrexham bodes well for the season ahead.
The Racecourse boss said: “It’s great for everybody to get recognition for their country. Obviously I’m really pleased for Mike – he’s a solid person, dependable and I know Brian Flynn thinks highly of him. Mike’s never let him down, he works at his game and trains hard.
“The one thing we’ve tried to do with the squad is lay down a bit more balance than we had last year. Last year if somebody important was out we found that was a major problem, but we’ve worked hard at duplicating every position.
“We’ve got a little bit of versatility and the whole group recognises there’s now competition. Whoever gets there first, if they don’t do well then somebody else will get their chance.”
Little said he is not looking to bring in any more players before the new campaign – but has confirmed midfielder Christian Smith, who has been on trial, will be offered a contract.
“We’ve been impressed with the way he’s played and trained. He’s a strong, natural left-sided player and we feel he deserves an opportunity.”
Wrexham are putting together an advisory panel that will help the club establish closer ties with the community. The 10-strong panel is expected to include members from Wrexham County Borough Council, Glyndwr University, former Dragons players, supporters groups and businessmen. It is hoped it will be up and running by the end of this month.