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McLOUGHLIN GRABS HIS CHANCE

18 January 2013

Loan 'keeper excited for home debut...

EMERGING goalkeeper, Ian McLoughlin is delighted to be given the opportunity to get games under his belt and can't wait to make his Saddlers' home debut on Saturday.

The 21 year-old checked in on an initial one-month loan from League One rivals, MK Dons, just hours before making his debut in last weekend's victory at Preston North End.

"I was pleased to have the chance to come here," said the Republic of Ireland Under-21 International. "It's been a tough season sat on the bench at MK Dons, but I have bided my time and waited for the opportunity to come my way.

"I'm happy to be able to show what I can do at this level. Things happen for a reason and I intend to grab this chance.

"The set-up is good here; the lads are an honest, hard-working and down-to-earth bunch who have welcomed me with with open arms. I'll fit in anywhere, but it has really helped me to settle quickly.

"I felt that I did okay at Preston. I hadn't played for a while prior to that, so to be out there was just what I needed. Overall I was happy with my performance and the main thing was that we came home with three points.

"I'm looking forward to playing at Banks's Stadium for the first time on Saturday. AFC Bournemouth are on a long unbeaten League run, so it will be a good battle. On top of that, David James is likely to be in the opposition goal, so to go head-to-head with him will be fantastic because he has achieved so much over so many years.

"League One is very up and down with everyone capable of beating each other. Just look at Portsmouth and Coventry, they've come down from The Championship and found it difficult whilst Tranmere have kept the pace at the top when many expected them to fall away.

"It's a very open division and hopefully I can help Walsall continue to climb the table during my time here."

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