Fit-again Rekeil Pyke is relishing the chance to get back out on the pitch and show what he can do after returning from injury.
The Huddersfield loanee was out of action throughout December after suffering a hamstring injury in the goalless draw at Barrow before Christmas – Sam Ricketts’ final game in charge.
He returned to his parent club to get fit again but made his league return against Bromley before playing the final half-hour against Leyton Orient.
And now the 21-year-old – who has scored five league goals so far this season – is keen to earn a chance for more playing time as he returns to full fitness.
“I’m feeling good, day-to-day training and getting fitter and feeling sharper on the pitch,” Pyke said.
“I’ve had 50 minutes of game time now – 20 against Bromley and 30 against Leyton Orient so I’m happy with that.
“It can be tough [having to go back for treatment]. I just tried to stay positive and worked hard when I was back with Huddersfield and tried to get fit. I’m just happy I’m back here now and fully fit.
“I thought I did alright when I came on against Leyton Orient. In training I’m feeling sharper and on Saturday hopefully I can show something else and score a goal too.”
As well as a change of manager, Pyke returns to the Racecourse dressing room with more competition for places up front following the arrival of Jason Oswell and Cole Stockton, while Ben Tollitt’s loan move has been extended.
And Pyke says the new players have fitted in well, as the players look to rally around to get back to winning ways after a winless (and goalless) 2019 so far.
“They all seem like good lads, they have fitted in well and are good players too so hopefully they can help us on the pitch,” Pyke added.
“We need to take our chances when they come but we also need to create more chances. I think that will come.
“We just need to be patient and play as well as were previously. That will come, and when it does we need to be sure to take the chances that arrive.
“Everyone’s still positive and that’s what you need to be really. That’s what you need if you want to bounce back, and I think we can do exactly that.
“There’s a lot of big characters; the skipper’s always talking and bringing a positive mood about the place. Everyone is still smiling.”
Pyke is fighting for a starting place for Wrexham’s trip to AFC Fylde on Saturday, which takes place at Mill Farm and kicks off at 3pm. For tickets and travel, follow this link.