Wrexham player-manager Andy Morrell frustrated in player search

Andy Morrell

Wrexham player-manager Andy Morrell has been left frustrated in his attempts to strengthen his side's defensive options.

Morrell said he was disappointed a deal for Hyde's Luke Ashworth had fallen through.

Ashworth, 24, has opted to remain part-time with Hyde rather than join full-time Wrexham.

"I was really keen and showed him around and everything seemed good," Morrell said.

"But it doesn't look like it's going to happen now which is really disappointing. We carry on our search."

Morrell added: "We'll be looking to bring in maybe a couple now."

Forward Adrian Cieslewicz has left Wrexham to join Conference Premier rivals Kidderminster Harriers.

Captain Dean Keates is set to return for Wrexham's game away to Conference Premier leaders Luton Town on Saturday.

Keates has struggled with a long standing foot injury this season and has missed Wrexham's last six games.

"He's trained this last week so if there's no repercussions from his foot then he'll be travelling with us which will be really good news," Morrell said.

Defender Dave Artell and midfielder Joe Clarke resumed training on Thursday following illness and will be in the squad for Saturday's game.

Wrexham were the last side to beat Luton in the league when they won 2-0 at the Racecourse in September.

"They've done fantastically well, top of the league and looking really, really strong," Morrell said.

"It's going to be a difficult place but there's no better place to go, I feel, in the league than Luton away.

"They've got fantastic fans, great pitch, good stadium and some good players. You may as well pit your wits against the best at the moment.

"We go down there unbeaten in two and let's try and make that three and try and win the game down there."

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