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Sakho boost for Dragons.

Byline: Mark Burton

LAMINE SAKHO vowed to help Wrexham's youngsters grow in confidence as he officially joined the club's ranks yesterday.

The 31-year-old Senegal striker - who signed for Wrexham along with Cypriote midfielder Angelos Tsiaklis yesterday - has played 57 times for his country and has had spells at Leeds United, Marseille and St Etienne.

Having arrived in Wrexham during the summer, Sakho has proved his fitness sufficiently for Dean Saunders to award him a contract until the end of the season - although the Dragons boss will re-evaluate the forward's progress in January.

Sakho said yesterday: "I'm happy to have signed because I've worked hard for this and it would be a shame if I hadn't been able to join Wrexham.

"I'm an experienced player so I can give some of the younger players some confidence and hopefully score a lot of goals."

Sakho joins fellow French-speakers Mansour Assoumani and Hedi Taboubi at Wrexham, and said they were helping him to settle in, adding: "It's a bonus to have some French-speaking team-mates such as Mani and Hedi to help me settle in, but I'm getting on well with the other lads and am looking forward to playing with them."

Sakho could get his first taste of Blue Square Premier action in today's clash at Cambridge United.

Saunders knows Cambridge pose a threat, having hammered Forest Green 7-0 at the Abbey Stadium two weeks ago, but insists today's hosts should be more worried about his side.

The manager said: "They've had an indifferent start, they're six points ahead of us and we've got a couple of games in hand so they've had a similar-type start to us.

"They'll come at us - Chris Holroyd the striker's bagged a fair few goals this season so they'll be dangerous, but they should be more worried about us.

"We've got some good players but we just need to take our chances."

He added: "We just need to keep stringing games together now. We went 15, 16 games last season, months without losing and we've got to string a few wins like that together."

Wrexham defender Frank Sinclair will serve his one-match ban after being sent off against Oxford.

The Dragons will also be without striker Matthew Wolfenden (ankle), defender Sam Williamson (hernia) and goalkeeper Sam Russell (dislocated elbow), while Cambridge are likely to name the same line-up for the seventh successive game.
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