Smith's Ugarte hope
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Denis Smith does not feel it is certain that Juan Ugarte will leave Wrexham.Denis Smith does not feel it is a foregone conclusion that prolific striker Juan Ugarte will leave Wrexham.
Ugarte is mulling over his future at The Racecourse Ground after making a massive impact since joining the club last November.
The Spaniard scored 22 goals for The Red Dragons and has been offered a deal to stay at the club after their relegation to League Two.
A string of clubs are on his trail, with Cardiff City, Coventry City, Crewe Alexandra and Oldham Athletic all keen, while Barnsley boss Andy Ritchie claims Ugarte snubbed a move to Oakwell as he is heading for The Championship.
But Wrexham manager Smith is refusing to concede defeat in his quest to keep Ugarte and feels there is a chance the hit-man will spearhead his attack next season.
"I have spoken to Juan and I believe there is a good chance of him staying," Smith told the Western Mail.
"He says we're up there near the top of where he wants to go.
"Any interested club has to make a better offer than the one we've made.
"It has to be a club that is not going to go belly-up or it has to be an area where he wants to live."
Smith, though, is expecting Craig Morgan to leave the club after the promising defender rejected a 12-month deal at The Racecourse.
"He has decided he wants to look elsewhere," commented Smith on Morgan.
"He's turned down the offer I've made - which is a very good one - so now he can look around."