Wrexham players in it together, says Dean Keates

Wrexham captain Dean Keates
Keates has also played for Walsall and Kidderminster

Wrexham captain Dean Keates has said the club's recent problems will not disrupt their preparations for the play-off clash with Luton.

The Dragons face Luton in the Conference play-off semi-final first leg on Thursday night.

Dean Saunders' side secured their place in the play-offs despite the club's off field problems.

"All the lads are in it together and it's not been easy circumstances.," said Keates

"There's been a few troubles off the pitch but we've just had to concentrate on what's happening on the pitch."

Despite their good form on the field, Wrexham have endured a turbulent time off it during recent months.

Last week the Club's £200,000 tax bill was paid off, clearing the way for the Dragons to take part in the end-of-season promotion play-offs.

And the very future of the club has also come under scrutiny with owners Geoff Moss and Ian Roberts expressing a wish to sell.

Keates, who joined Wrexham following his release from Wycombe in May 2010, has paid tribute to the players attitude during difficult times.

"Testament to the lads they've been very professional about it. We've got our heads down and got on with it," said Keates.

"All you can do is worry about what you can do and that's on the football pitch.

"But we're still coming in and we're still doing 100% in training and we're still been doing 100% in the games.

"All being well it hasn't broken us and hopefully it will make us a bit stronger and a bit more together and hopefully we can push on for the last few games."

Wrexham finished fourth in the Blue Square Bet Premier - three points behind third-placed Luton Town.

And Keates, who has been promoted on six occasions with different clubs, is confident Wrexham can return to the Football League.

"It's been a long season and the aim was to try and get promoted," added Keates.

"Obviously we didn't get top spot so we had to settle for the play-offs and hopefully we can get through the play-offs now.

"We're confident, we've worked hard and we'll go out and hopefully give a good account of ourselves.

"It's two big clubs [who] should definitely still be in the league but if you don't do it on the pitch you get relegated."

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