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29 November 2016

Youngster joins Welsh side until Boxing Day

- Rekeil Pyke joins Wrexham AFC on a Youth Loan
- Development Squad striker moves until Boxing Day inclusive
- Reaction from Senior Professional Development Coach Frankie Bunn
Huddersfield Town’s Development Squad striker Rekeil Pyke has today joined Wrexham AFC on loan until 26 December 2016 inclusive.
This is a first loan move for the 19 year-old Academy graduate, who first joined the Club at Under-12 level from local side Rothwell Juniors.
He has been a regular for Senior Professional Development Coach Frankie Bunn’s Under-21 side this season, scoring five goals in 14 starts in the Professional Development League and Premier League Cup.
Rekeil also played for David Wagner’s First Team in the pre-season friendlies against Liverpool FC, FC Ingolstadt 04 and Oldham Athletic.
Welsh side Wrexham currently competes in the Vanarama National League, the fifth tier of English football; three tiers below Huddersfield Town.
Managed by Dean Keates, who was appointed to the role permanently in late October, the Dragons sit 15th in the table with 29 points from 22 games; 13 points outside the Play-Off places.
They recorded a first win in five at the weekend, with another Town loanee – goalkeeper Luke Coddington – receiving the ‘Man of the Match’ award for an outstanding performance in a 3-1 home win over league leaders Forest Green Rovers, which included an early penalty save with the game at 0-0.
The paperwork for Rekeil’s loan has been completed in time for him to be eligible for Wrexham’s league game at second placed Lincoln City on Tuesday night.
Huddersfield Town’s Senior Professional Development Coach Frankie Bunn commented:
“Rekeil has been in and around our Under-23 side for the last couple of years, so the next stage in his development is to play against senior players on a regular basis in front of a crowd at major stadia.
“It will certainly be a step up for him in terms of the competition and environment, where managers want to win games.”
Frankie continued:
“Football is often about solving new problems on the pitch. Rekeil is a well-built boy with pace and perhaps he’s bullied defenders at Under-18 and Under-23 level a few times, but now he’ll have to learn other ways to get on the ball and get in behind against opponents that may be stronger than him.
“We feel this is the next step for him and will be a good experience at Wrexham.”

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