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Keates: Ginnelly can excite the fans

9 June 2018

Dean Keates believes new signing Josh Ginnelly is a player with the potential to excite the fans.

The 21-year-old winger, who spent the first half of the 2016/17 season on loan at the Banks's, rejoined the club on a one-year deal earlier this week.

Keates has been a long-time admirer of the former Burnley speedster and believes he will prove a useful addition to the Saddlers’ squad.

“He’s somebody I looked at last season when I was at Wrexham,” Keates admitted.

“I’d done all my checks on him and I spoke to Wacka [Jimmy Walker] at Lincoln about his character. Unfortunately, we couldn’t do it and he ended up going to Tranmere instead.

“I didn’t have to do too much due diligence on him this year as it was something I had already done previously.

“He’s a young man we want to develop and work with – but he’s also someone who can go straight into the team and challenge for a position.

“He’s previously been here so he knows the club and what we’re about. It’ll be a lot easier for Josh coming into the changing room as he knows a lot of the lads already from his loan spell here a couple of years ago.

“He’s learned his trade. He’s had a couple of loans and knows what men’s football is about.

“He’s been involved in two promotions and been in changing rooms that have achieved their objective at the end of the season.

“He’s somebody I’m looking forward to working with and watching develop and perform on a football pitch.

“I’ve no doubt he can do that – he’s got pace, power and can excite the fans. He can get at defenders and beat people.

“He ticks the boxes of what I want at the football club.”

Ginnelly became the Saddlers’ second summer signing after his former Tranmere teammate Andy Cook.

Keates is pleased to have got those deals over the line – and says both players will be “hungry” to prove themselves in League One.

“I’m glad they’re done as they were two I definitely wanted,” Keates added.

“They were quick and easy and I’m looking forward to working with them.

“The lads are enjoying their off season but they’ve been sent out the programme that the other lads have had.

“Coming from the level they have, they’ll be hungry and will want to do well and achieve something.”


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