WREXHAM midfielder Stephen Thomas is desperate to be given a run in the side to try to recapture the form he displayed last season.
The former Wales under-21 international has spent most of the current campaign on the bench with a loss of form compounded by injuries.
But Thomas hopes manager Denis Smith will hand him the chance to impress when Wrexham make the first of two trips this week to Carlisle United in the LDV Vans Trophy northern section quarter-final.
It was the 23-year-old midfielder's last-gasp free-kick that earned the Red Dragons a 2-1 victory over Huddersfield in the previous round and Thomas is keen to help Wrexham make further progress.
"I hope the manager will give me the chance to show what I can do," he said. "All I need is a decent run in the side and this is the sort of game where I'd hope to get started."
A combination of factors have restricted Thomas's first-team involvement. As well as struggling with injuries, the Hartlepool-born midfielder with a Welsh qualification has found it hard to dislodge the regular midfielders Darren Ferguson, Jim Whitley and Paul Barrett.
"I had an ankle injury earlier in the season and no sooner did I shake that off than I picked up a calf strain," he said. "It has been do frustrating. Niggling injuries like that are the last thing you want when you're trying to break into the side."
Wrexham's Division Three campaign resumes at Carlisle on Saturday.
Wrexham (from): Whitfield, Rogers, Lawrence, Pejic, Roberts, Morgan, C Edwards, P Edwards, Holmes, Whitley, Ferguson, Barrett, Thomas, Morrell, Trundle, Jones, Sam
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