Captain Keates commits to Wrexham

Wrexham Captain Dean Keates has agreed a contract extension to keep him at the Racecourse Ground for at least another season.

The future of the former Walsall man had been cast into doubt after he revealed that he was unimpressed by an offer made to him following Wrexham’s Conference playoff final defeat to Newport County, and that he was considering his options.

But the club today revealed that he has agreed a new deal and will now help the Dragons as they look to fight off their disappointing end to the campaign and have another shot at promotion back to the football league next season.

Keates is the latest in a series of new contract agreements reached by Manager Andy Morrell with his squad as they plan for the next season.

Striker Jay Colbeck has also today agreed a one-year deal, following Keates, defender Stephen Wright, Leon Clowes and youngsters Steve Tomassen and Andy Coughlin.

Speaking after agreeing to his new deal Colbeck, who is Wrexham’s longest serving player, told the club’s website:

"I'm delighted and to be offered another years is brilliant,"

"I've grown to love the club and happy to be staying on again.

"It's tough for young lads to establish themselves in this league, as it's very much about experience and there's a lot of big lads around.

"But this is the best place for me to develop as a player, working with the Gaffer and Billy. I know I can improve as a player and hopefully, get some more game time.