Wrexham AFC striker Chris Holroyd targets increased goal return

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Richard Williams

CHRIS HOLROYD wants to  weigh in with his share of goals for Wrexham this season.

The 30-year-old turned down the offer of a new contract at Macclesfield Town, where he struck 14 times last season, in favour of joining the Reds.

Often used on the wing by the Silkmen, Holroyd gives Reds’ boss Dean Keates options depending on what formation he favours.

But Holroyd definitely considers himself as a forward with a lot to offer his team.

“I see myself as a striker,” said Holroyd. “I have played out on the wing but primarily I see myself playing as a striker.

“That is where I am looking to establish myself.

“I just want to do as well as I can, chip in with as many goals as I can and chip in with assists.

“I like to be a team player as well so hopefully the fans can see that.”

Keates is revamping his squad after Wrexham finished 13th last season and Holroyd is one of nine new signings brought in over the summer.

The arrivals have been welcomed by supporters but Holroyd is currently the only striker in the squad, although another forward has agreed to sign for Wrexham.

Holroyd is not concerned by the lack of frontmen and with Keates looking to add more bodies in that department, he is looking forward to the competition.

“I am sure the gaffer has got his targets and sometimes it takes a bit of time with certain positions to get the right people in,” said Holroyd.

“But I am sure he will be fine with that one.

“You go to a big club and you always expect to have four lads that you are going to be competing against you to play up front.

“I look forward to the challenge.”

Holroyd has been impressed with the quality of the signings made by Keates during the off season.

“Every signing has been really impressive and it is one of the reasons why I signed here,” said Holroyd.

“The gaffer obviously showed his intention of who he wanted to sign and he has delivered on that one.”

Holroyd admits there are a lot of familiar faces in the squad, former Macclesfield team-mate and fellow new signing Jack Mackreth being a player he recently played alongside.

“It has been really enjoyable and good to meet all the lads,” said Holroyd.

“We have got a really good group here and it seems a lot of lads have crossed paths so we are already building them bonds and that team spirit which is always a good thing early in pre-season.

“It is important to get the group tight-knit together with the gaffer getting quite a lot of new players in.”

Holroyd and his team-mates reported back for pre-season on Friday, with the players put through a range of fitness tests.

Training started in earnest at the newly developed Nine Acre site this week, and Holroyd has welcomed returning for pre-season before the end of June.

“It is early doors and I think a lot of teams aren’t even back in pre-season yet,” said Holroyd, who in line to play in Wrexham’s first friendly against Lex at Stansty Park on Monday.

“It is a good thing with a new team to get in nice and early and get training, and everyone looks really fit which is also a nice positive.”

Holroyd began his career at Chester City before going on to play for the likes of Cambridge United, Brighton and Preston North End.

The National League fixtures are due to be released on Wednesday and Holroyd will be immediately checking out when the derbies against Chester are due to take place.

“It was the start of my career,” added Holroyd. “I had a couple of years at Chester, it will be a good local clash against them so I am looking forward to playing in that one.

“You look at the fixtures, the excitement builds and you start to plan towards your first game so that is always a nice thing.”

n Wrexham  will take on Louletano DC, who play in the third tier of the Portuguese national league, during their training break in the Algarve on Tuesday July 11.

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