Dragons land Boro starlet

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Wrexham have bolstered their firepower with a loan swoop for Middlesbrough starlet Tom Craddock.

The Darlington-born striker is highly thought of at The Riverside and is contracted to the North East outfit until 2008.

Craddock made his Premiership bow in the 2005/06 campaign when he came off the bench against Fulham and he will now continue his footballing education at Wrexham.

Dragons boss Denis Smith is confident that Craddock will prove a value addition to his squad, of the opinion that Malcolm Crosby's ringing endorsement will prove astute.

"He is a player who Boro assistant manager Malcolm Crosby has been telling me about for a month or so," Smith told the club's official website.

"I watched him last week and he certainly impressed.

"I talked to Gareth Southgate after the game and we both see this move as part of the player's footballing education.

"Now we both hope that he will continue to show the sort of form that he has been displaying for Middlesbrough's junior teams of late."