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Westwood agrees Wrexham deal

Ashley Westwood
Ashley Westwood played alongside Dean Saunders at Bradford City

Former Manchester United trainee Ashley Westwood has agreed a short term deal at Blue Square Premier club Wrexham.

The 31-year-old defender was without a club and the signing will be completed once international clearance has been given by the FA and the FAW.

The centre-back, who had been training at Wrexham, has agreed a contract until 5 January and is set to be new Reds boss Dean Saunders' second signing.

"Hopefully he'll make his debut on Saturday at Mansfield," said Saunders.

Former Wales striker Saunders, who has signed highly-rated Swansea teenager Joe Allen on loan, played alongside Westwood during the latter years of his career at Bradford City.


Westwood has played more than 320 first-class Football League games for Crewe Alexandra, Sheffield Wednesday, Northampton Town and Wrexham's rivals Chester.

Saunders moved closer to completing Westwood's signing after returning to Wrexham after helping John Toshack coach the Wales national team in their World Cup qualifiers against Liechtenstein and Germany.

Westwood's contract is subject to approval by Blue Square Premier chiefs and the Football Association of Wales, who are seeking international clearance.

Meanwhile, Wrexham host either Harrogate Town or Eastwood Town in their FA Cup fourth qualifying round tie on October 25.

This is the first time that Wrexham, relegated from the Football League last season, have had to qualify for the FA Cup.

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see also
Mansfield Town v Wrexham
16 Oct 08 |  Non League
Westwood in, Cardle out at Vale
30 Aug 07 |  Port Vale
Swindon capture Westwood on loan
02 Mar 07 |  Swindon
Chester sign defender Westwood
03 Jul 06 |  Chester
Cobblers sign Westwood
14 Jul 03 |  Northampton
BBC Sport Wales coverage
23 Mar 08 |  Wales

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