Youngster signed a new contract yesterday...Versatile youngster Liam Kinsella is aiming to eclipse his father’s glittering playing career.
His dad, Mark, now retired, was capped 48 times by the Republic of Ireland and played in the top-flight for Charlton and Aston Villa.
He made over 400 career appearances, winning two promotions, and also featured on 47 occasions for the Saddlers between 2004 and 2006.
But now his 20-year-old son Liam, who signed a one-year contract extension with Walsall yesterday, wants to surpass his achievements.
“My dad did well as a player, he was an international and he played for Walsall as well,” said Kinsella.
“It was a proud moment for him and my mum when I signed my new deal, but they both told me the hard work starts now.
“It’s quite difficult living up to my dad because he played a lot of games – about 400-odd. But I want to try and better his career. That’s what I want to do.”
Kinsella, who can play in midfield or at right-back, has made eight first-team appearances for the Saddlers this season.
“It’s been tough to get in the team because in my positions I’ve had Jason Demetriou and Adam Chambers who have done really well,” he admitted.
“I can speak to them about anything I want and they’ll help me out and give me advice on how to play those positions.
“In my scholarship I played in both positions and I enjoy each position equally. I don’t mind where I play – I just enjoy playing in the first-team.
“I’m just waiting for an opportunity and I give it my best shot when I play.”