Blue Square Bet
Published 21st August 2012
....midfielder Danny Rose with player-manager Andy Morrell admitting he might have to switch his attention elsewhere.
It’s been nearly a fortnight since Wrexham’s initial approach to last season’s Conference Premier champions, but their 23-year old target, who wants to play in the Football League, seems to be keeping all his options open.
And with little more than a week to go before the transfer window closes, Morrell doesn’t want to be left empty-handed on September 1st.
Although he has yet to confirm that Rose is his preferred choice, Morrell said: “I’m waiting on a phone call but it’s slow progress. “I don’t know whether to ditch it and go somewhere else. We’ll have to consider that, but I think we’ll persevere for a little bit longer.
“I wanted it done two weeks ago but it doesn’t happen like that. I didn’t think it would be this hard but we’ll keep going because we need him to help. We need some goals in our team and we need to stop conceding silly ones.”
Confirming he would be prepared to do the deal on almost any terms, Morrell added: “I’m hoping it’s going to be permanent, but I’ll take anything at the moment.
“I’m waiting on them getting back to us and then we can crack on with it because we are pretty much set to go at this end.
“We are just waiting on their side of it, so it’s frustrating. Do we persevere with it or do we just knock it on the head and go and search for other targets?
“But players we’ve pinpointed are because we like them, so I think it’s worth pursuing for a little bit longer.”
The Racecourse boss, meanwhile, is resigned to being without popular defender Mark Creighton for several weeks as a result of the knee injury sustained early in Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Ebbsfleet United.
“It looks like it’s medial damage and he’ll have a scan this week to determine the extent of it but I don’t think it’s pretty,” said Morrell.
“There may be some cartilage stuff in there as well, so it’s going to a be a month at least. It’s not great news but it gives other people a chance.”
Martin Riley, who came off the bench at Stonebridge Road, now has an opportunity to establish a new defensive partnership with Chris Westwood and former Liverpool defender Stephen Wright provides another option, but the player-boss admits his resources are limited.
“We’ve got the two fit centre halves and if anything happens to either of them we’ll have to out and have a look to see if anyone can help,” he said. “At the minute we are okay and hopefully they will do a good job for us.”
After three games in eight days, Wrexham have a clear week to firm up a defence that has yet to keep a clean sheet and Morrell has already cleared the air with goalkeeper Joslain Mayebi after a Jekyll & Hyde display at Ebbsfleet saw the keeper gift the opposition a goal before making a point-saving penalty save.
“The break this week gives us a chance to work on some stuff that has gone wrong,” said Morrell.
“I gave Jossi a fairly hard time about it on Saturday because a mistake as a keeper finds him out. It doesn’t really matter if I make a mistake at the other end because you get away with it or have another chance.
“But you don’t at his end. I’ve watched the DVD back and pretty much everything he has done was good. He came, he took crosses, his kicking was good and he made saves, including the penalty, so it was just the one mistake. That’s what keepers are remembered for isn’t it?
“We’ve had a chat to try and sort it out and off we go again.”