Dragons striker Ntumba Massanka says he is “more than ready” for the 2017/18 campaign, as Saturday finally sees the new season get underway against Macclesfield Town.
Massanka re-joined the club from Burnley in the summer and will be hoping to hit the ground running during his second stint at the Racecourse.
“I think we are more than ready now to return to the league and competitive games, we’ve had a really good pre-season and we’re clicking at the right time so we are ready for the season” said the forward.
Wrexham begin another nine-month rollercoaster on Saturday at home to the Silkmen and will be hoping to earn maximum points and get on the board early on in a game Massanka described as “a tough first game between two good teams.”
“It’s very important [an early win], our aim this season is to win every game we play, we go out to win and that won’t change whether it’s the first or last game, we are demanded to win and you always want to have points on the board early doors”.
Massanka initially signed for the Dragons on loan in January as part of Dean Keates’ effort to secure Nationa League survival, but his return on a temporary basis for an initial six-months comes in different circumstances, looking at the right end of the National League.
With a summer to separate Wrexham’s last competitive game, Ntumba believes that “progress is being made” at the club.
“Pre-Season was tough but good at the same time. The lads enjoyed it because we could all see the improvements day by day and in all the games we played it’s a good feeling seeing progress.
“We’re really buzzing for the season to start, we’ve been itching to go since Portugal, there’s a great feeling in the squad and around the club so we can’t wait”.
Having begun life with Manchester United at a young age he moved on and spent a brief couple of months with rivals Manchester City. The new Dragons number nine soon found himself settling in at Burnley and first had a taste of first-team football with loans at York City and Morecambe.
But it’s with Wrexham where he has seen most success, with his first senior goal coming in spectacular style with a bicycle kick at home to Guiseley. The attack-minded striker is now looking to take himself to the next stage of his career.
“My ambitions are to come here and win first and foremost and score as many goals as I can to help the team, and as a team we want to get promoted, that’s the priority”.
Massanka was quick to praise the supporters who have backed the side through large crowds over pre-season both in the UK and abroad, and has admitted that the squad have been made abundantly clear on the pride and passion of Wrexham.
“It’s been great, everyone knows how big the club is but I don’t think everyone understood what it means to so many people. I think the Portugal trip just showed how much the fans love the club.
“Hundreds of fans travelling abroad for a pre-season tour is unheard of really, I was amazed just like the rest of the boys, stuff like that we all appreciate and that’s why we want to do well this season.”