Wrexham say Michael Oakes has joined manager Bryan Hughes’ backroom staff as goalkeeping coach.

Oakes made well over 250 EFL appearances during a 16-year professional career and was also capped at England U-21 level. After retiring in 2008, he took up a coaching position at Wrexham, where he stayed until 2015 before returning for a second spell during 2017-18.

The former Aston Villa, Wolves and Cardiff City goalkeeper was most recently coaching at Walsall and returns to the club in time for pre-season training with shot-stoppers Rob Lainton and Christian Dibble.

Also joining the backroom staff is sports scientist Nick Barnett, who was previously with the Dragons during the 2017-18 season before moving to Walsall.

Bryan Hughes commented on the changes by saying: “I’m delighted to welcome both Michael and Nick back to the club. Both have worked here before so they will be able to slot straight back in and get straight to work.

“Michael’s career speaks for itself. He has fantastic experience both as a player and as a coach. I’m really looking forward to working with him.”

Source: www.wrexhamafc.co.uk

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