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Devlin: I'll be better for last season

2 July 2018

Nicky Devlin believes he will be a better player for the experience of last season.

The 24-year-old arrived from Ayr last summer and made 36 appearances in his first campaign south of the border, helping the Saddlers avoid relegation.

The Scottish right-back felt last season was a learning curve and is hoping for an improvement from both himself and the team in 2018/19.

“I’m quite a harsh critic but for the club, and for me personally, last season was probably a wee bit disappointing,” Devlin admitted.

“Personally, and as a team, we could have done better.

“That’s something we’ll be looking to do this year, and come the end of the season we don’t want to be trying to stay up again.

“I thought I did alright at times, and I started the season really well, but maybe I didn’t always perform at the level I’m capable of.

“When I came down, to begin with, I was coming into the unknown. I’d never played a game at any level in England.

“I probably learned more off the pitch about how much you need to do to look after yourself. With there being an extra ten games down here, it requires you to be able to recover quicker.

“The standard of players are better down here and I’ve had to adapt, but I think I’ll be better for it.

“Hopefully I can use the experience from last year and kick on as best I can and have a better season personally and with the club."


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