Wrexham boss Sam Ricketts is hopeful of seeing some of the funds the club are due to receive from the sale of Danny Ward to Leicester City, but insists it is crucial the Dragons do not gamble on their long-term future.

Ward came through the ranks at Wrexham’s Academy before being snapped up by Liverpool in January 2012 as a 19-year-old prospect for £100,00 with a number of add-ons.

One of those was a sell on clause, with Wexham now set to profit hugely after Liverpool agreed a £12.5m deal for Ward to join the Foxes on Friday.

Ricketts, who saw his side lose for the first time in pre-season on Saturday as they went down to a 3-1 loss at National League North outfit AFC Telford United , is hopeful his summer recruitment may benefit from the windfall.

“What exactly that is, I am not sure yet,” said Ricketts, when quizzed on Ward’s deal.

“There is an awful lot of factors that go into these things. Is that money after so many games or years, or it could even be Leicester winning the Premier League again, but whatever comes in is a huge benefit to the club, and it gives the club a chance to do something which they haven’t possibly done in the past.”

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