Sam Ricketts insists everyone in his squad will have a part to play this season but he wants players to prove they deserve to be in the team for the opening game of the National League season.

Wrexham, who complete their pre-season programme against Forest Green at The Racecourse tomorrow, begin an 11th campaign at this level away at Dover Athletic next Saturday and the Reds boss says places are still up for grabs.

“Players want to be on that teamsheet on the first day of the season,” said Ricketts. “No-one wants to sit on the bench.

“It is a squad game now, it is not just an 11, and it is a case of someone may play on a Saturday but not the Tuesday, and vice-versa.

“But places are up for grabs and players need to work hard to perform to maintain their place.”

Ricketts, with 16 players currently signed up, wants up to four new signings to provide competition for places.

“We will only have a squad of limited numbers, 18, 19, 20 at a push,” said Ricketts. “The players will always be involved.

“I don’t like a squad where there are five or six players left out so all the players will play this season, whether it is through injury, suspension or form.”


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