CAMEROON World Cup star and Olympic gold- medal winning striker Patrick Suffo is in line for his Wrexham debut on Saturday – with boss Dean Saunders refusing to rule out bringing in another frontman before the trip to Weymouth (3pm).
The 30-year-old has signed a pay-as-you-play deal until January to write another chapter in a career which began with Nantes in France, saw him play for Sheffield United and Coventry City in the Championship, and take in spells in Spain, the UAE, Norway and Israel.
The 47-times capped Suffo, who represented the Indomitable Lions at the 2002 World Cup and helped them to victory at the Sydney Olympic Games two years earlier, is in contention for the Wessex Stadium showdown.
And he could yet be joined on the bus to Dorset by an unnamed transfer target who Saunders believes will offer something different to Suffo and first-choice front two Jefferson Louis and Marc Williams, who have netted seven times under the former Wales hitman.
Saunders said: “Patrick’s a very experienced player and we’re happy to get him. He’s not 100% match fit yet but I didn’t want to leave us short up front.
“He’s similar to the type of players we’ve got up there already. He’s good with his back to goal and if we can get the ball into him he will hold it up.
“Now I’m looking for someone a bit different, a sprinter who can run in behind. But I’m going to take my time to make sure we get the right man in.”
Wrexham are eight points behind new Blue Square Premier pacesetters Burton Albion in eighth, but with two games in hand.
Suffo said: “There are times when it’s about more than just money and I hope I can establish myself.
“The training ground is fantastic, the stadium is great and I’ve enjoyed working with the other players.
“I feel this is a club that should be playing at a higher level and it would be tremendous to be part of a team that could lift it back up the divisions.”
The Dragons have won their first four league outings under Saunders. But he knows they will have to maintain the high standards they have set if they are to overcome an 11th-placed Weymouth outfit managed by former Chelsea and Swansea City boss John Hollins, having watched them go down 1-0 at Rushden and Diamonds on Saturday.
Saunders said: “They’re a decent team, they’ve got a good manager in John Hollins and I thought they were very unlucky to lose on Saturday.”
On-loan Stoke City right-back Ritchie de Laet should recover from the groin strain he sustained in Wrexham’s last match, the Setanta Shield third-round win at Altrincham 10 days ago, while left-back Carl Tremarco, who was in the England C squad that took on Italy in Naples last night, has shaken off an ankle injury.
Centre-back Nat Brown has been sent on a month’s loan to League Two Macclesfield Town.
Wrexham have been drawn at home to Blue Square North Southport in the last 16 of the Setanta Shield.