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Wrexham complete Jansen signing

Matt Jansen
Jansen is ready to help Wrexham for the rest of the season

Wrexham have confirmed they have boosted their squad by signing former Premiership striker Matt Jansen.

The former Blackburn Rovers frontman trained with Wrexham on Thursday and has been included in the squad for the game against Woking on Saturday.

Jansen, 31, held discussions with Wrexham manager Dean Saunders and has now agreed a deal.

"Matt has agreed to sign. He's not doing it for the money; he is not earning a lot," said Saunders.

"He wants to come and get back to enjoying playing football again - he has not been enjoying it.

"We will not tie him down on a long-term deal but if he is enjoying it, I am sure he will stay here longer. It is ideal for him and just what we need."

Because he is a free agent, Jansen was eligible to sign even though the transfer window is currently closed.


"Matt has done it to help me and get the club get back up there," added Saunders.

"Matt is a class player but I am not expecting miracles. He will come in, work hard and, hopefully, will show the bits of quality I know he has got in him.

"He has not played a lot in the last 18 months but he has been training, so we will see how it goes tomorrow."

With six caps for England at Under-21 level, Jensen started his career with hometown club Carlisle United.

He has also played for Crystal Palace, Blackburn Rovers and Bolton Wanderers, as well as a loan spell with Coventry City.

Following a motorcycle crash in 2002, he was restricted in his appearances, but despite developing other business interests, Jansen never ruled out a return to professional football and in July 2008, stated: "I'm keeping myself reasonably fit... we'll see what happens."

Last November, Blackburn announced that Jansen would return in a casual agreement to help regain fitness in a bid to have one last go at a professional football comeback.

Having trained with the club for two months, he left Brockhall with the arrival of new manager Sam Allardyce.

Last month, he joined League One club Huddersfield Town on trial and was given a run-out in their reserve match against Rotherham United, scoring the opening goal in a 2-2 draw.

He had been without a club since May 2006.

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see also
Woking v Wrexham
12 Mar 09 |  Non League
Wrexham 1-1 Forest Green
10 Mar 09 |  Non League
Huddersfield give trial to Jansen
19 Feb 09 |  Huddersfield
Jansen is offered Carlisle chance
17 Jan 09 |  Carlisle
Jansen impresses Blackburn boss
23 Nov 08 |  Blackburn
Jansen hungry for playing return
19 Nov 08 |  Blackburn
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03 Oct 11 |  Wales

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