Luke Young says the appointment of Bryan Hughes as manager has brought a fresh impetus to Wrexham AFC.
Young, who scored the winning goal in Graham Barrow’s last game in charge, also played a big part in Stuart Beavon’s goal as Hughes’ reign started with victory against Dagenham.
And the midfielder, who had been out of the team before Luke Summerfield’s injury handed him another chance, says patience has been key as he waited for the opportunity to prove himself again.
“He’s been good since he’s come in,” Young said of Hughes. “He’s not changed too much and unsettled the place because of the position we’re in.
“Obviously he’s put his own style and stamp on it but training has been good, it’s been bright and sharp and that’s what you want when a new manager comes in. It’s a fresh start for everybody.
“When a new manager comes in, it brings a bit of life to the place. It’s a clean slate for everybody, so everyone has the spring in their step. We’ve got that good a squad that you always have to be on your toes and train well.
“When you’re in and out the team, it’s hard to get that confidence going but the lads have been brilliant all season and everyone has their part to play.
“It’s just a case of being patient and waiting for your time again and trying to take that chance when it comes.
“Obviously I’ve come on and scored the winner a couple of weeks ago, and then had a part to play in the goal at the weekend. It’s just a case of biding your time and working hard whether you’re in the team or out of the team.”
Hughes has stressed the need for more attacking impetus from the players on the pitch, with Young likely to have a key part to play in that – particularly occupying a position Hughes made his own during his playing days.
And while he could not get on the scoresheet against Dagenham, Young believes the chances created will soon start to pay off for the Dragons.
“On Saturday, Akil and I had a few chances ourselves to score. Unfortunately, it didn’t pan out for us on the day but we need to get in those positions to score.
“It’s an impetus that the gaffer is trying to put onto us, giving us that little bit of freedom at the top end of the field. Having that little bit of freedom is probably something we’ve needed in the last couple of months.
“Sooner rather than later, it’s going to turn for everybody – I wouldn’t say score four and five goals, but we can make it a little more comfortable for ourselves.”
Young admitted the forthcoming week, with three long away trips in eight days, could be a mental challenge for the players.
But he says spirit is good in the Wrexham camp, and they are relishing the challenge – while still not getting too far ahead of themselves.
“It’s difficult enough anyway I think, but to have three away games is probably that little bit tougher mentally,” he said.
“It’s going to be tough, don’t get me wrong, but we look at these next three games as a really good chance to set our mark down now going into the last two-and-a-half months of the season, and put ourselves in a commanding position ahead of couple of big games afterwards.
“Our full focus though is on Saturday. That’s all we can affect. We’ll go there and be prepared, ready as ever. Whatever that result is, and hopefully we can win that game, then we’ll focus on the next one.
“At this stage of the season it’s just game by game and we know how important each game is. That’s why we have to be ready and take our chance when it comes.
“It’s been a whirlwind couple of weeks but we’ve got the new manager in, we’ve got the win under our belt, and a full week’s training ready for the game on Saturday. We will be ready.”