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Midfielder Dean Keates agrees two-year Wrexham contract

Dean Keates is expected to add some grit to Wrexham's midfield
Dean Keates is expected to add some grit to Wrexham's midfield

Experienced midfielder Dean Keates has agreed to join Blue Square Premier side Wrexham on a two-year contract.

Keates joined relegated League One side Wycombe Wanderers in January until the end of the season, having been released by Peterborough United in December.

Keates, 31, was recommended by ex-Wrexham player Darren Ferguson, the former Peterborough manager now in charge of Preston North End.

"I am really pleased to get Dean," said Wrexham boss Dean Saunders.

"He will be a great signing for the club and is someone who is highly thought of by everyone he has played for.

"Dean comes highly recommended by Darren Ferguson and [former Wrexham assistant manager and player] Kevin Russell, as they are two people I went to following their successful spell together at Peterborough."


Saunders is hoping that Keates will be able to drive Wrexham forward from midfield as they bid to return to the Football League, having been relegated in the 2006/7 season.

Since making his professional debut in 1996, Keates has won promotion six times with three different clubs - Walsall, Hull City and Peterborough.

"We have got Dean in for the middle of midfield and know he can do a job in there," Saunders told the Wrexham website. "Dean can score goals and he can create them.

"He is aggressive, is a good character and a good professional, which is what I want at the club. At 31 he is experienced enough and not too old.

"Dean has won six promotions so far in his career and has played in the Championship this season, as well as through the lower leagues.

"I wasn't sure I could get him, so I was delighted when he agreed to sign."

Keates was one of 12 players released by Wycombe boss Gary Waddock this week.

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see also
Wycombe Wanderers sign up trio
22 Jan 10 |  Wycombe
Peterborough cancel Keates deal
31 Dec 09 |  Peterborough
Wrexham's Russell joins Quakers
04 May 10 |  Wrexham
Saunders has Wrexham reassurance
30 Apr 10 |  Wrexham
Sinclair agrees new Wrexham deal
30 Apr 10 |  Wrexham
Wrexham boss releases 11 players
29 Apr 10 |  Wrexham

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