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Juan Ugarte
Juan Ugarte bursts through the Stockport defence during the LDV Vans Trophy win at The Racecourse [Keith Williams/Sportpixs].
SAINTS have served seven days' notice for Spanish striker Juan Ugarte, who was the talk of Wrexham after helping his side to a 2-0 win over Stockport County in the LDV Vans Trophy.
Ugarte made his Wrexham debut as a second half substitute after signing for the Racecourse outfit on non-contract terms.
The former Real Sociedad striker, 23, left Conference South side Dorchester for Wrexham a month ago and there has been talk of a Coca Cola League chance with Denis Smith's side.
However, in addition to the interest from TNS, his former club hope to tempt him to return with the promise of a trial at Bournemouth where Dorchester boss Mark Morris has arranged for him to train full-time.
Wrexham boss Smith was delighted with Ugarte's contribution: "Everybody gets excited about a new player, it's the nature," he told the Evening Leader.
"He delivered - he had three strikes at goal, the corner came from a great strike and the keeper made a great save from it.
“I´m delighted with what he's done and I hope he continues. I´m always very reluctant to get carried away but we know what he´s done in training and he´s looked very good."
Ugarte scored six goals in seven games for Dorchester earlier this season.
He spent three years at Real Sociedad and was top scorer for Spanish Second Division side Barakaldo last season.
Cherries chairman Eddie Belt told the Dorset Echo: "I know he is desperate to get a full-time contract and that he will probably still be looking elsewhere even if he does come back to us.
"But I would have thought coming back and banging in a few goals for us, as he was doing before he went to Wrexham, would be as good a way as any of attracting attention."
4 November 2021
 
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