Wrexham manager Dean Keates has made his first signing with the capture of James Hurst, most recently with Dover Athletic, but initially a youngster with both West Bromwich Albion and Portsmouth.

The 25-year-old, who has signed a one-year deal, can play on right hand side, either in defence or in midfield, playing seventeen times for the Whites since joining them from AFC Telford United in the recent January window.

Hurst has also played in Iceland, along with stints at Crawley Town, Hednesford Town and Torquay United, plus a number of other loan spells.

“Our first new signing in and a versatile player, which was one of the aspects about him that appealed,” said Keates. “We are going with a with tight knit squad next season, so his ability to play well in several positions.

“He’s moved a round in his career, but he’s at a point where he wants to put down roots and he’s looking forward to the challenge here.

“He first flagged up when we were preparing for our game with Dover, we went to watch them at Macclesfield and I thought he was absolutely outstanding in the middle of the park for them.

“Obviously, we kept track of him after that and when I knew he was available, we were interested.

“He’s north-west based, so we had a chat with him this week, he came across well and I’m looking forward to working with him”.

Source: www.thenationalleague.org.uk

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