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Dean Keates

Manager

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Former Walsall player who was appointed manager in March 2018, signing a deal that will keep him at the Banks's until the summer of 2021.

A diminutive midfielder, Beechdale-born Keates made his professional debut for Walsall against Plymouth in 1996 and helped us achieve promotion from the Second Division in 1998/99 and 2000/01.

After spells with Hull, Kidderminster and Lincoln, Keates returned to the Banks’s in August 2006 and was named in the PFA Team of the Year during the 2006/07 League Two title-winning campaign.

He left that summer to join Peterborough, where he won back-to-back promotions from League Two to the Championship, and later captained Wrexham for five years, lifting the FA Trophy in 2013.

Keates had brief stints with Rhyl and Rushall Olympic before being appointed Wrexham boss in October 2016.

Finishing 13th that season, the Dragons were fourth in the National League at the time of his departure, unbeaten in 13 games.

He guided the Saddlers to League One survival in 2017/18.

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