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Dragons land Potter

By Simon Fudge.   Last Updated: 24/01/05 2:02pm

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Wrexham have eased their goalkeeping situation by taking Stoke City ace Ben Foster on a month's loan.

The Dragons have received special dispensation to sign the 21-year-old and in doing so, manager Denis Smith has decided to release Spanish custodian Xavi Valero after just four appearances for the club.

Foster, who recently extended his contract with The Potters, spent time on loan with League Two strugglers Kidderminster Harriers earlier this season.

Stoke's director of football John Rudge believes Foster's loan move to The Racecourse Ground will be an excellent experience for the young custodian.

"This is a great opportunity for Ben to go out on loan and, hopefully, get some first team experience under his belt," Foster told the club's official website.

"Ben is a very competent goalkeeper, who we rate very highly, and I'm sure he'll do well at Wrexham."

Smith, meanwhile, has admitted that his decision to release Valero was a difficult one.

"It's a shame that things have not worked out with Xavi and I do appreciate his efforts in coming over here to help us out," Smith told Wrexham's official website.

"In different circumstances, he would have had some time to settle in at the club, unfortunately, due to our problems, that was not possible.

"It was a tough decision, but that's what I'm paid for."

The news comes as winger Carlos Edwards has broken a bone in his right hand.

The Trinidad & Tobago international finished Saturday's match at Chesterfield, despite complaining of discomfort in his injured hand.

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