Wrexham boss Dean Keates is “delighted” to have signed the experienced former England under-21 international Izale McLeod, who was a free agent and completes a double swoop for the day.

Keates said: “I’m delighted to sign a player of Izale’s quality. He ticks the boxes for the type of player we are looking for.

“He’s scored plenty of goals everywhere he has been; is experienced; and the type of the player we want at this moment in time.”

The Birmingham-born striker began his career with Derby County, scoring four goals in forty-one appearances, as well as having a loan spell with Sheffield United.

However, it was following his £150,000 move to MK Dons in 2004 that he showed his prowess in front of goal by netting 54 goals in 117 appearances.

In 2006/07, he was named in the PFA Team of the Year, and announced as the League Two player of the year having finished the season as League Two’s joint top scorer despite missing several games due to injuries and suspensions.

That impressive record earned him a £1.1 million move to Charlton Athletic in 2007, but was plagued with injuries.

Loan spells followed with Colchester United; Millwall and Peterborough United before joining Barnet in the summer of 2010.

He rediscovered his predatory instincts at Barnet, scoring 32 goals in 73 appearances. His penalty on the last day of the season against Port Vale in 2011 saved the club from relegation from the Football League, whilst the following season saw McLeod named in the PFA Team of the Year for League Two.

That summer he joined Portsmouth and after scoring 10 goals in twenty-four League games he was allowed to return to MK Dons on a free transfer.

Spells with Crawley Town, Notts County and Yeovil Town followed and more recently Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Premier Division side Corby Town.

The 32-year-old said of his move: “Wrexham are a big club, with a good fan base.

“I remember playing and scoring against Wrexham, when they were in the Football League.

“I’m pleased to have signed and I’m now just looking forward to playing again and scoring goals for the team; which will hopefully give the fans a better second half of the season”.

Source: www.footballconference.co.uk

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