Wrexham manager Dean Keates has secured the services of striker Rekeil Pyke from Championship side Huddersfield Town on loan for a month.
The 19-year-old goes straight into the squad for this evening’s visit to Lincoln City after International Clearance was received this morning.
He was that well thought of that he signed his first professional contract with Huddersfield as a 17-year-old, putting pen to paper on a long-term deal.
Starting his two-year Academy scholarship in the 2014/15 season, he netted nine goals in 20 starts for Town’s Under-18 side so far, before turning full-time.
Rekeil also made his debut for Under-21 squad last season, making five starts and a further five substitute appearances – scoring twice in a 3-1 win at the Cardiff City Stadium.
He has been a regular again this season, scoring five goals in 14 starts in the Professional Development League and Premier League Cup.
Rekeil also played for David Wagner’s First Team in the pre-season friendlies against Liverpool FC, FC Ingolstadt 04 and Oldham Athletic.
The paperwork for Rekeil’s loan has been completed in time for him to be eligible for Wrexham’s league game at second placed Lincoln City on Tuesday night.
Huddersfield Town’s Senior Professional Development Coach Frankie Bunn commented: “Rekeil has been in and around our Under-23 side for the last couple of years, so the next stage in his development is to play against senior players on a regular basis in front of a crowd at major stadia.
“It will certainly be a step up for him in terms of the competition and environment, where managers want to win games.”
Frankie continued: “Football is often about solving new problems on the pitch. Rekeil is a well-built boy with pace and perhaps he’s bullied defenders at Under-18 and Under-23 level a few times, but now he’ll have to learn other ways to get on the ball and get in behind against opponents that may be stronger than him.
“We feel this is the next step for him and will be a good experience at Wrexham.”
Rekeil watched our game with Forest Green at the weekend, along with several staff from the Terriers who were also taking the opportunity to run their eye over Luke Coddington’s progress in goal for the Reds.
Boss Keates was happy to bring the young striker on board.
“I have watched Rekeil on a few occasions myself,” he said. “And I know he is rated highly by the coaches at Huddersfield.
“This is a chance for him to take the next step on his career and I’m looking forward to working with him and seeing what he can contribute to the team.
“I’m sure he will enjoy his time with us.”
His loan spell at the Racecourse will run up until the Boxing Day clash with Southport, giving Rekeil the chance to play in five games.