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After the heartache of Wembley last season, Wrexham are again one of the favourites to get promotion from the Conference this season.

The difference this season being relying on youth and raw potential not experience.

Mark Creighton coming back is practically a new signing and throw in Andy Bishop coming back for his second spell at the club and it isn’t the worst piece of business you are going to see this summer that’s for sure. It’s not easy to replace the enormous contributions of Martin Riley and Danny Wright last season but despite their departure I bet a large number of Wrexham fans are still quietly confident they wont be as missed as first anticipated.

The Mold Road Stand and Kop at Wrexham

The Mold Road Stand and Kop at Wrexham

It is exciting times around the club currently and this is no small part down to the Centre of Excellence that keeps churning through the younger players who keep making a contribution in the first team. The expense of running the Centre of Excellence has been well documented in the past but the contributions the centre has made to the first team is enormous.

Just look at Crewe as another example on the benefits of a good Centre of Excellence. If you can play a first XI from players that have come through the ranks and still win, you must be doing something right!

Leon Clowes showed last year he can certainly offer something at the back and watching through pre-season Stephen Tomassen seems to be a good as any to fill that right back spot.

What fans love to see most (besides a winning team) is hometown talent producing the goods on a Saturday afternoon. There are no more exciting talents this season than Robbie Evans and Bradley Reid. Already there is visible raw potential and a few seats may need to be reserved for some league scouts taking a look at these two this season.

For the Football Manager players among us, we all know we long to have the so-called “Wonderkids” in our ranks who we can help nurture through the squads and lead our team to glory. These two have the potential to get the people of Wrexham excited about the football club again and I cannot wait to witness this first hand.

The Conference calendar is brutally long before throwing in cup competitions, and there is no doubt these two, along with the other younger players, will get opportunities to show what they can do in the first team.

Pitchside at the Racecourse Ground

Pitchside at the Racecourse Ground

Just through observing pre-season there is obvious excitement building around these young players and the likes of Clowes, Evans and Reid are surely more likely to learn more from the seasoned pro’s such as Creighton, Keates and Ormerod than to go out on loan to the Welsh Premier League which historically has been the case.

Obviously the likes of Kidderminster, Luton and Forest Green will be there or thereabouts, but the optimist in me thinks we have a better side than last year, especially when nobody really knows how good these young players are yet.

With the pace of Reid, Bailey-Jones and Cieslewicz able to push the opposition back line further back and creating space for the goal getting midfielders of Clarke, Thornton and Harris, there should be plenty of opportunities to do what we didn’t do enough of last year… score goals.

No disrespect to the pace of Wright, Morrell, Adebola and Ormerod!

Post written by Paul Jasper
Blog: Shouting from The Kop, Twitter: @pauljasper50

Image Credits
The Mold Road Stand and Kop at Wrexham FC © Wikipedia
Pitchside at the Racecourse Ground © Flickr

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