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ROWLEY READY FOR THE CHALLENGE

9 June 2015

Youth team skipper signs first professional contract...

HAVING been offered a deal at the end of last season, youth team skipper, Kyle Rowley, has today put pen-to-paper on his first professional contract.

The 18 year-old central defender scooped the Apprentice of the Season award last term having helped the youth team secure the Midland Youth Cup and the reserves claim the Walsall Senior Cup with some commanding displays in the heart of the back-line.

“I’m delighted that all the hard work over the past two years has resulted in this,” said the Solihull-born defender. “It’s great to finally sign my first professional contract but the real work begins now.

“It will be good to be part of the first-team group and I can’t wait for pre-season training to get underway.

“I’ll be looking to make a positive initial impression and show the coaching staff what I can do when I’m called upon.

“It will be good working under the Gaffer and Richard O’Kelly. I want to give them confidence in me and take on board what they say.

“I’ve seen footage of the Gaffer from his playing days and I can see a lot of myself in him with the way that he liked a tackle and was strong in the air.

“I can learn a lot from him. This is a great environment for young players to work in and my aim is to be in and around the first-team and just take things from there.

“It’s the start of an exciting journey.”

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