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Oztumer thanks fans for 'excellent' support

13 June 2018

Departing midfielder Erhun Oztumer has thanked the Saddlers fans for their “excellent” support during his time with the club.

The 27-year-old today joined Championship side Bolton on a two-year deal, bringing his time at Walsall to an end.

The talented playmaker became a fans’ favourite after scoring 32 goals in 95 appearances for the Saddlers.

He was twice named Players’ Player of the Season and Oztumer believes his time at the Banks's helped him become a better player.

“The two years were great for me,” said the ex-Peterborough man.

“I felt like I was unproven before I came to Walsall but the club gave me a platform to express myself and score lots of goals.

“I always knew I had it in me but I just couldn’t get it out of me before Walsall.

“The club and staff said I needed to score more goals and do better. I feel like I’ve done that and that I’ve grown as a player at Walsall, and I can’t thank everyone enough for that.

“The fans were excellent. I can’t put it into words - they’ve been great.

“Right from my first game against AFC Wimbledon when I scored the free-kick, I felt the love straight away.

“It’s emotional leaving the club but hopefully they understand that it was an opportunity I couldn’t say no to.”


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