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Zeli Ismail arrives at Walsall on loan from Bury

31 August 2017

Winger Zeli Ismail has joined Walsall Football Club on a six-month loan deal from Bury, the club are delighted to announce, subject to clearance.

The 23-year-old, who has a wealth of League One experience, becomes our ninth and final signing of the summer transfer window.

Ismail, formerly of Wolverhampton Wanderers, has scored four goals in 23 games for Bury since signing for The Shakers in the summer of 2016 and has also played for Burton Albion, Cambridge United, Oxford United and MK Dons. 

Manager Jon Whitney is delighted to get Ismail's signature, adding a second player to the squad on Deadline Day following the loan capture of Daniel Agyei from Burnley earlier this evening.

"Zeli is one that has always had great potential," said Whitney.

"He has raw pace. He came on again us for Bury and created their second penalty, which Mark Gillespie saved. He’s an exciting player - he can play out wide and he’s a natural winger.

 

"He’s local too and Ian Sharps knows him well from his Burton days. Both Zeli and Dan are really keen and want to be part of the environment we’ve developed at the club.

"They will come in and reinforce the squad and give us depth."

Ismail is delighted to be a part of Walsall going forward and is looking forward to hitting the ground running at the Banks's Stadium.

"When I was at Wolves I used to look at Walsall and think 'I’d love to be there'," said Ismail.

"It was local and I knew a lot of lads there like Anthony Forde. Sharpy is here now and I played with him at Burton.

"I know what he’s about - and I spoke to the gaffer and we had a quick conversation. I’ve played against Walsall many a time and you could see the way they play and their philosophy - I want to be part of that.

"I like to get the ball to feet, make runs behind and help the team create. If I have a bad game, I'll still work my socks off.

"I was much younger playing with Sharpy - now I’ve got a lot more experience and there’s plenty of positives to come from me."


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