Bryan Hughes has not ruled out signing another centre-back after Kieran Kennedy rejected the offer of a new contract to sign for Port Vale, The Leader report.

Kennedy joined Wrexham in January after leaving Shrewsbury Town and made 13 appearances, scoring two goals, as he helped the Reds secure a National League play-off spot where they lost 1-0 against Eastleigh in the eliminator.

One of seven players offered new deals, Kennedy opted against extending his stay at The Racecourse and he has agreed to join League Two Vale.

Although he is not short of options in the heart of defence, with captain Shaun Pearson, Jake Lawlor, Manny Smith and Doug Tharme all under contract for 2019-20, Hughes could be tempted to bring in another centre-back.

“It was disappointing to lose Kieran,” said Hughes. “I wanted him to stay.

“I knew he would have some admirers as well, circumstances with his old manager getting a new job, he has already got a relationship there.”

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