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Devlin hoping to bring leadership qualities

1 July 2017

New signing Nicky Devlin feels he can bring extra leadership to the Saddlers’ squad.

The 23-year-old became Walsall’s fourth summer recruit last week after arriving from Ayr on a two-year deal.

The attacking right-back made over 100 appearances for the Honest Men and became their youngest captain in more than a century when he was given the armband in 2015, aged 21.

And the Scot feels those leadership qualities can help Walsall, in what will be his first season south of the border.

“Every team needs leaders all over the park,” said Devlin, who started his career with Dumbarton and has also played for Stenhousemuir. “Even if you’re not captain you can still be a leader.

“The more players you have like that more chance the team has of winning games. Adam Chambers has been here for a few years now and I will be looking to follow his example.

“He has been brilliant since I came in. He has gone out of his way to make me feel welcome.

“I know the manager wanted to sign players with those leadership qualities, players who have that hunger and really want to win.

“The more leaders you have got it can only be a good think for the team and the club as a whole.”

Devlin turned down offers in his native Scotland to join the Saddlers – and admits the chance to play in England was too good to turn down.

“I think if you ask most boys in Scotland, they want to come down and play in England at some point in their careers,” he added.

“When a League One club showed interest it was an opportunity I couldn’t turn down. I had the opportunity to stay in Scotland and had an offer from a club in the Scottish Premier League.

“But a League One club in England is a fantastic opportunity for me. There are a lot of big clubs in the league next season.

“And when I spoke with the manager and the offer came up I knew this is where I wanted to play.”


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