Kinsella awarded first professional contract...LIAM Kinsella has become the latest youngster to come off The Saddlers’ production line after the talented midfielder signed his first professional contract in readiness for next season.
The 18 year-old has been a regular in the engine room of the youth team this season as well as impressing for the reserves.
“Liam has worked extremely hard over the past 18 months or so,” said manager, Dean Smith. “He has developed at a really pleasing rate and we have seen enough in him to offer him this deal.
“He has all the attributes required to fit in to what we are trying to achieve here along with a willingness to work hard and learn, which will serve him and the club well.”
Liam Kinsella added: “I am absolutely delighted to have signed this deal. I’m really looking forward to being part of the first-team squad and can’t wait to get started.
“I feel that I have progressed well over the past two years. I have been with the club for ten years, but working under Neil Woods [Academy Manager] and Graham Biggs [Head of Academy Coaching] has really seen my positional play and tactical awareness improve.
“I know that the hard work is only just starting, though, and it’s time for me to knuckle down and continue to learn.
“Seeing so many lads come through the ranks here and make it into the first-team really motivates me. I look at what the likes of Jamie Paterson have gone on to achieve and I know that I’m at the right club to develop me as a player.
“I certainly have the desire and willingness to work; the set-up and the coaching staff that are in place here will give me every chance to progress and I intend to take this opportunity.”
Whilst Kinsella junior starts his professional career with The Saddlers, dad Mark ended his illustrious playing days with the club back in 2006.
“Dad is proud of me,” added the youngster. “He had a great career in the game and I know how much dedication and application he had to put in to get where he did.
“Hopefully I can have the success that he had.”