Kieran Kennedy is happy to have put a frustrating season behind him in recent weeks, having made his Wrexham debut under Bryan Hughes and continued in the back four last weekend.
Kennedy made his first starts since signing in January when Shaun Pearson was ruled out for the trips to Boreham Wood and Gateshead, with the former Manchester City youngster named man of the match on his debut.
And, with Pearson back at the weekend, Kennedy switched to right-back for the game against Chesterfield – contributing to another clean sheet and playing a big part in Akil Wright’s goal too.
For the ex-Macclesfield man, who found playing time hard to come by at Shrewsbury in the first half of the season, he is just pleased to be contributing on the pitch.
“As long as I’m playing, I’m happy,” he said. “I’m obviously a lot more comfortable at centre-half but the lads helped me.
“I had Ruthers in front of me and Jake next to me so it was a lot more comfortable with them there but, as long as I’m on the pitch, I’m always happy.
“It was frustrating [not playing] – it’s been a frustrating season as a whole. I went to Shrewsbury looking to play and that obviously didn’t happen so that was very frustrating and then I came here to get games under my belt and that didn’t happen so that was frustrating.
“But Bryan has given me my debut and I’m very grateful for that so hopefully now I can kick on.”
Kennedy’s performances alongside Jake Lawlor, combined with the return of Pearson at centre-back, have given Bryan Hughes a selection headache at the back.
And Kennedy believes the competition for places can only be a good thing – insisting he has not felt extra pressure to perform after waiting so long for his Dragons debut.
“I think that’s what it’s about – everyone pushing each other on,” he said. “We’re all friends here and want each other to do well so it’s good, healthy competition.
“I think I’m experienced enough now to deal with that but I just enjoy playing to be fair and see it as a good thing.
“As long as I’m on the pitch, I’m always happy – just playing my own game and concentrating on that is all I can do.”
Next up for the table-topping Dragons is a trip to third-placed Leyton Orient, in front of the BT TV cameras, for Saturday’s lunchtime kick-off.
And Kennedy insists the Wrexham players are staying grounded ahead of the crunch fixture, despite taking more confidence from another clean sheet in the win against Chesterfield.
“Chesterfield were obviously a physical side but so are we. We dealt with it well – Jake and the skipper are strong lads and dealt with Denton when he came on.
“We’re capable of dealing with whatever any team in this league throws at us so we’re always confident.
“As a defender, that’s what you are after – clean sheets are like scoring for us and the lads have done really well this season. It’s nice to be coming into that and contributing to it.
“It’s a massive game on Saturday but it’s just another week for us. We won’t get carried away with the form we’re in because Leyton Orient are obviously a very good side and we can’t afford to do that.
“We’re going to their home patch so we won’t get too carried away but if we play our game we should be alright.”