DEFENDER Ashley Westwood is ready to commit himself to Wrexham’s promotion push and says he can’t envisage playing for another club.

The 32-year-old centre-back, recruited until the end of the year by manager Dean Saunders, has played a key role in the four-match winning streak that has lifted the Dragons to within seven points of the Blue Square Premier summit.

And yesterday he confirmed that he is hoping to extend his Racecourse stay for as long as he is wanted at the club.

Not one to bang on Saunders’ door to discuss the future, he said: “Hopefully I’ll be staying on and it’s something we have touched on, but not in any great detail.

“Me and Dean trust each other and that is all that matters at the moment. As long as I’m playing and doing well on the pitch I won’t have a problem in extending my stay if that’s what Dean wants.

“I have a good relationship with the club and the management and I’m not worried in that respect.”

Westwood added: “I’m 32 now and not really looking to move on elsewhere. I’m happy being at a club where I feel settled and that seems to be the case here at the minute.

“Everyone likes to feel involved and that they are playing a big part in what’s happening and I don’t want to change that. Hopefully we can go and get promotion, which is the main aim.”

But the centre-back insisted Wrexham could take nothing for granted, despite their recent league form.

“League-wise it could not have gone any better because we have won four out of four, but we have had a couple of iffy results in the cup competitions,” he said.

“We all know what happened at Eastwood and at Altrincham, although we eventually got through (to the next round of the Setanta Shield), we only drew over 90 minutes. So we count that as a poor result because we should be going to places like that and winning.

“But our main objective is the league and we want to build on the 100% record so far.

“We are trying to work harder to make ourselves more difficult to beat and we are trying to cut out individual mistakes to make sure the opposition has to work even harder to score against us.

“I’m sure we can improve on that in the games to come and that’s what we have to aim for all the time.”

And Westwood claimed Saunders, in his first managerial role, would continue to seek the best from his players.

“Dean has been a breath of fresh air,” he said. “He brings strong enthusiasm to the club, his reputation helps to keep everyone on their toes and we all know that he only has to pick up the phone to bring in a replacement if he thinks someone is not good enough at their job.

“He has a work ethic and he does not believe in complacency at any level of the game.”

Wrexham, who have two games in hand on current league leaders Burton Albion, resume their programme at Weymouth on Saturday and Westwood added: “It’s a strange league because a team at the top can easily lose to a team at the bottom and that’s probably why we are all in this league.

“No-one is consistent enough, so league position doesn’t matter too much and that means we have to approach every game as if we were playing a top team.”

On his own contribution to the successful run, Westwood explained why he constantly talked to his team mates.

“I feel that if I am not vocal when I’m playing then it affects my own game,” he said. “I do it to try and help other people around me, but also because it keeps me concentrating as well.”

Steve Evans, Michael Proctor and Simon Brown scored the goals yesterday as a Wrexham XI drew 3-3 with a young Everton side in a friendly at Colliers Park.

l WREXHAM fans have the chance to meet and chat with new manager Dean Saunders and his assistant Terry Darracott when they visit the Racecourse club shop between 4.30pm and 6.30pm tomorrow.

To mark the occasion there is a one-off price reduction on some clothing merchandise by £10 in adult sizes and £5 juniors.