Wrexham AFC: Carl Darlington targets promotion & entertainment for supporters

Reporter:

Richard Williams

CARL DARLINGTON wants fans to be entertained when Wrexham embark on a 10th campaign in non-league.

Darlington has rejoined the coaching staff at his hometown club after leaving the The New Saints and the aim is to mount a promotion challenge next term.

Wrexham were the second lowest goalscorers in the National League last season but Darlington insists that will change while supporters enjoy the attacking football on show.

“We want to get promoted this year,” said Darlington, pictured. 

“That is what we want to do internally and I know the fans have been craving that for 10 years now to get back up into the Football League.

“The main aim is to get into the play-offs and building the squad, we have got to gel it so quickly.

“We want to make sure that we entertain the fans as well, we don’t want to be a boring team.

“We were the second lowest scoring team last season but that will change this year, so we want to make sure that we entertain everyone home and away.

“Make sure that The Racecourse is going to be a fortress for us, get that aura around us so that when teams come here, we have that fear factor again.

“That is what we want to try and create. The fans are fantastic and the players we put on that pitch are going to be front foot players rather than back foot players, and look to play that way.”

Eight players – Christian Dibble, James Hurst, James Jennings, Shaun Pearson, Manny Smith, Sam Wedgbury, Jack Mackreth and Chris Holroyd – have arrived at The Racecourse so far this summer.

Chris Dunn, Mark Carrington, Leo Smith, Paul Rutherford and first year pro Olly Marx are the only players remaining from last season, meaning Holroyd is the only striker in the squad.

Manager Dean Keates is looking to add to his attacking options and Darlington, who originally coached at Wrexham from December 2014 to May 2015, believes the striker targets earmarked by the Reds’ management team would be excellent signings.

“We have got two targets that we are trying to get in,” said Darlington.

“They are exciting players for us, proven goalscorers at different levels and if we can get these two, I think we are going to have a very exciting front-line.

“Then potentially one on loan in the future and if he comes in as well, we are going to be in a very good situation.

“But it is okay talking about these players, we have got to try and get them in the building.”

Darlington, who would like to go into the new campaign with up to four strikers, added: “They are interested, it is if we can get them across the line and into the football club but if we can get them in we have got everything because we have got the right blend.

“One of the main things for us is having three to four centre-forwards so if it is not working, another one comes on and has that impact straight away.

“We want to be front foot next season and having the centre-forwards is key but as you know with centre-forwards, they wait till last minute because everybody wants them and is competing for them.

“But we want to be patient and get the right players into the club rather than just get players in that are available now to make sure we kick on next season.”

Darlington is delighted with how the defence is shaping up and while the focus is on adding more firepower to the squad, he believes winger Mackreth and Holroyd have plenty to offer.

“We are bringing in good players,” added Darlington.

“We have got a solid back-four and we are bringing in some key players in midfield who can break things up, they can break forward and box to box midfield players as well.

“Jack is a wide player who gets at people and gets crosses in the box, and Chris scored 13 goals last season so he is in double figures which is a good start for us.

“But more important with him, he is such an intelligent player, a good footballer who can score goals.”

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