Bobby Grant returns to Fleetwood Town this week for Wrexham’s friendly with the Cod Army, and says he is excited about the Dragons’ new attacking prowess so far in pre-season.
Among the attacking options now joining Grant at the club – and fighting for a starting place with him – are new signings JJ Hooper, Devonte Redmond and Leighton McIntosh.
And Grant wants Wrexham to build on their attacking philosophy throughout pre-season, insisting he and his team-mates need to maintain it no matter who the opposition are.
“There are some fresh new faces but all the lads have fitted in and there’s some real quality in the building,” he said.
“You want to play with better players, and you want to play with people who you can form relationships with on and off the pitch, and players who can help you improve your game.
“That’s one thing the manager said to me – he’d bring players in and increase competition for players. I can’t wait to carry on playing with them.
“I played 45 minutes on Saturday and really enjoyed it. It was tough in the conditions and the heat but it’s something we can build on. This week, we’ll put the graft in again and finish with another match.
“I think this season, any game we play we can’t sit back. We’ve got enough firepower and enough quality in attacking areas to go and blow any team away.
“That’s the challenge for ourselves and the manager to get us firing on all cylinders, because we’ve definitely got the firepower to do it. No matter who we play – whether it’s a friendly or a league game – we want to go out there and try and win the game and get our confidence up.
“Coming up against Fleetwood, there’ll be a few decent players there but we’re more than capable of scoring.”
Grant played three full seasons with the Cod Army, scoring key goals to keep them in League One in 2016 and to fire them to the play-offs the following season.
He scored 22 goals in 119 league appearances in all, before his switch to the Racecourse last winter.
And he is keen to show Wrexham fans his best form this season, hoping a positive pre-season so far is a sign of more to come.
“Nobody has seen the standards I set myself and that was the most disappointing thing for me,” he admitted.
“It was a tough year last year but I was nowhere near the levels I should have been at, both on and off the pitch. But I’ve drawn a line under last season. It’s a fresh start.
“Everything’s going well on and off the pitch so far and it’s up to me now to show everyone why I’m here and to fire Wrexham to the next level.”
Grant expects his former team-mates to pose a stern test in Friday’s friendly, but he wants Wrexham to stamp their authority on the game.
“It will be a completely different test,” he said. “You’re playing against league players; you’re playing against lads who have been there and got the t-shirt and got a lot of experience playing higher up the table.
“But we’ve got a lot of good players in this dressing room, we’ve got quite a few players who have played league football and it will be a good test.
“They’ll have a lot of quality but it’s pre-season, it’s about us trying to stamp our authority on the game and that’s what we’ll do. It’s another game, another way to get our fitness and it will be one to enjoy.
“I’ve got a lot of friends there. I didn’t leave Fleetwood for anything to do with football reasons, as everyone knows.
“I’ve still got a lot of friends there – there’s only a couple of people, and I don’t need to entertain them.
“For me, it’s just about going and enjoying another game, getting ourselves fit and getting more minutes in the tank.”