DEAN Saunders welcomed striker Gareth Taylor to Wrexham this week and then revealed more firepower would be added to his side’s arsenal before the start of the season.
Following his release from Doncaster Rovers, Taylor is a replacement for the departed Jefferson Louis and the 12-capped former Wales international will be expected to bring out the best out of youngsters Marc Williams and Obi Anoruo.
But the Racecourse boss is also seeking at least one more experienced front-runner.
“Gareth is a big, strong target man who will be a valuable asset to us,” said Saunders, who has also completed deals for midfielders Mark Jones, Nathan Fairhurst, Jamie McCluskey and Adrian Cieslewicz.
“He has played at the highest level and we are lucky to have him. He will be an extension of me out on the pitch, he has a great attitude and is the type of player we need.”
Asked if one or two more new faces might also be on the way, Saunders added: “I have a number of options and I’m speaking to a lot of people. We have to get the goalkeeping situation sorted out and we also need to bring in the right sort of front player because teams are only as good as their strikers.
“We have more than a month before the season starts and I’m waiting for answers from players who are still hoping to play higher up the pyramid.
“But I’ve done my homework and I am speaking to as many people as possible to pick out the right players for this club.”
Taylor, who has played for the likes of Manchester City and Nottingham Forest in a much-travelled career, trained with his new team-mates for the first time on Monday and the 36-year-old said: “I had other offers, including some to stay in the Football League, and some were closer to home than Wrexham. But this is a new experience for me and one that I’m looking forward to.”
Saunders, who will run Wrexham’s reserves team as well next season, is hoping to tempt Liverpool midfielder Ryan Flynn back to the club for another loan spell. One player definitely on his way back to the Racecourse is Ashley Westwood after the veteran centre-back agreed a new one-year contract.
The Dragons’ pre-season kicks-off on Saturday with a home friendly against Championship outfit Coventry City (3pm). The clash is followed by trips to Bangor City on Monday and Colwyn Bay on Wednesday.
The Blue Square Premier campaign begins on Saturday, August 8 and Wrexham have been handed a home game on the opening day against Eastbourne Borough. The derby battles with relegated Chester City are scheduled for Saturday, September 26 and Saturday, February 13.