Wrexham had a very busy winter period when it comes to transfers. Carl Hogan has decided to take a closer look at what happened and to enjoy a positive re-cap of the clubs transfer dealings.
First of all - STOP - No players left and five players commited their future to the club.
This is a statement of intent in itself and everyone who donated to 'Build The Budget' can now sit back and feel part of this.
You financed it and our gaffer Dean went out, got us the players that hopefully can push us on for the run-in and finally see us competing at the top end of the table come the end of April.
I thought we would round up what happened during the January window and just beyond!
Akil Wright - Signed a 2.5 year contact - 3rd January 2018
Akil was already at the club on-loan from EFL League One side Fleetwood Town until January 2018 after a preseason trial period with us. That included our trip to Portugal where Akil really bonded with the rest of the group. Wrexham has clearly rubbed off on the midfielder who signed a 2.5 year permanent contact at the Racecourse at the conclusion of his loan. Manager Dean Keates remarked on the signing: “You can see he enjoys being here and he has certainly played his part in helping the team this season."
Scott Quigley - On-loan until the end of the season - 16th January 2018
Scott is a powerful striker who knows where the net is and has been a target for the manager for some time. He ended his spell at TNS by signing a two-year contract at EFL League One side Blackpool for a fee that could raise to £50,000. Scott has made a big impression since joining Wrexham on-loan, scoring 3 goals in 3 games including a double against Hartlepool United and a goal against local rivals Tranmere Rovers. He came off mid-week against Gateshead feeling his hamstring a little - but should be back in action very soon.
David Raven - Signed until the end of the season - 27th January 2018
Experienced defender Raven was announced as a Wrexham player just around an hour before the match against local rivals Tranmere. He was called in to action shortly after by filling in at left-back for James Jennings who came off injured 17 minutes in to the contest. He was last at Inverness Caledonian Thistle in the Scottish Championship and left the highland club as they are having to make cut-backs. He signed a contract that takes him to the end of the season in North Wales where he hopes to make a big impression.
Nicky Deverdics - Signed a 18-month contact - 31st January 2018
Anyone that has watched the National League for a while has heard of Ricky Miller, right? Well the man who was just behind him at Dover Athletic (both in goal-scoring prowess and assisting most of Miller's goals) was Nicky Deverdics! His form earned him a move to the EFL with Hartlepool but after their relegation and subsequent financial issues his pedigree was on the radar of Dean Keates. He signed on the dotted line and made his debut against Guiseley last weekend where he made a good start to life in red - he'll be with the club next season after signing for 18-months.
Jonathan Franks - Signed until the end of the season - 6th February 2018
Franks is well regarded at his previous clubs including Middlesbrough but couldn't remain at former team Hartlepool due to the club's worsening financial position. He's scored 6 goals so far this season and when the versatile attacker became out-of-contract Keates jumped at the chance to bring him to the Racecourse, beating the attention of serveral other clubs for his signature in the process. Jonathan comes with both National League and EFL experience, is very attack minded and likes to stike the ball when running with it at his feet. He is with us until the end of the season and can play on the wing or in the attack.
So, that must be statisfying to read as a Wrexham fan? It was a pleasure to write.
Five excellent winter signings that can contribute to the rest of the season. Bring on Saturday, the game against FC Halifax Town at the Racecourse where we can cheer on our lads new and old! Grab your tickets here.