Keeper enjoying playing week in, week out...Goalkeeper Neil Etheridge says he is loving life at the Banks’s.
The Philippines international joined Walsall from Charlton in the summer and has made 18 appearances in all competitions, keeping six clean sheets.
And after being an understudy at his previous clubs, the 25-year-old is enjoying playing regular first-team football with the Saddlers.
“It’s been fantastic for me here,” said Etheridge.
“Everyone involved with the club has made me feel extremely welcome and I’m playing every week, which is great.
“All credit to (goalkeeping coach) Neil Cutler, who has done a very good job with me.
“And I’ve got Craig MacGillivray pushing me week in, week out and every day on the training ground so I know I’ve got to stay on my toes.
“I’ve walked into a team that was ready and hoping to do well this season which was great for me.
“The ambition for me is high and has been throughout my career, and here I’m at a club that want to get promotion.”
Walsall have lost only three times in 18 league matches this season – and Etheridge says our success has been a team effort.
“The togetherness has been fantastic since the day I walked into the training ground,” he said.
“Everyone knows their place and how important they are to the squad.
“There are players who are disappointed not to be playing and players who are extremely happy to be starting every week, but it’s a squad game.
“Over the rest of the season, we need to keep working together and grinding away as a squad.
“We know what we’re doing on the training ground is working and we won’t change it.
“We believe in our style of play and our style of play has got us to where we are in the league at the moment.”