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Walsall squad will all get chance in pre-season to stake a first-team claim

8 June 2017

Manager Jon Whitney will give Walsall’s senior players and talented youngsters the platform to impress this coming pre-season.

The Saddlers return to full training later this month following several fitness maintenance sessions at the club’s Essington training ground over the summer.

And Whitney’s side will play their first pre-season game on Saturday, July 15 with a trip to Solihull Moors. 

Eight friendlies are lined up in total between the 15th and August 1, when The Saddlers travel to face Rushall Olympic.

“First of all it’s mainly to get match fitness,” Whitney said of the pre-season schedule.

“I’ve got a certain amount of games that I want the players to play in and a certain amount of minutes to try to aim for.

“We’ve got some big ties with local clubs - Stafford will be a good game.

“Chester will be a good tie with our ties - loans and Sharpy (Ian Sharps) being their former assistant manager.

“Lincoln City is a great one for me to go back to and it’ll be a real challenge leading up to the start of the season.

“We’ve got a good mixture and some really good under-23 games.

“Steve Harper, who I used to play with at Huddersfield Town, has gone in at Chasetown as first-team coach and he contacted me so we’re giving them a game.”

And each member of the squad will be given an opportunity to impress and stake their claim for a starting spot ahead of the 2017/18 season kicking off on August 6.

“There’ll be a chance for all my players to prove themselves,” said Whitney. 

“I’ll give them all a chance to try to get themselves into my reckoning.

“They will get opportunities and there will be enough minutes for them. 

“There will be a chance to impress.”


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