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Ronan: Saddlers' strong start was key to me coming here

6 September 2018

New signing Connor Ronan admits the Saddlers’ strong start to the season was a deciding factor in his deadline-day loan move.

The 20-year-old made his Saddlers debut in the Checkatrade Trophy victory at Burton Albion on Tuesday night, putting in a man-of-the-match performance.

The Wolves youngester - one of seven changes made by boss Dean Keates - was also involved in the build-up play for the second goal, finished off by Josh Gordon.

After an impressive debut showing, Ronan is keen to keep his place in the team and help the Saddlers build momentum.

“I thought I fitted in quite well with how I played,” he said. “I hadn’t trained for four days before Monday so it was kind of just getting to know everyone and their names.

“I have come in and fair play to the manager, he has put me straight into the team after one training session.

“It is a good game to get out of the way as it gives you a chance to gel with the lads and you can get to know everyone and know how everyone plays.

"Getting the win just tops it all off really.”

Ronan heard about the proposed move a few days before it materialised, and says he is pleased to be joined here by fellow Wolves player Connor Johnson.

“I heard on the Wednesday last week that there was some interest there. It obviously interested me due to the good start to the season that Walsall have had.

“It got to about 3pm on Friday afternoon and I started to think whether it was going to happen or not. About half an hour later I got a phone call and from then on it was just a rush to get everything done.

“I think it all went through with about five minutes to go. Thankfully we got there in the end and I can get back to playing football.

“I gave him (Johnson) a text on Friday to ask if he had anything going on. He did the same to me, and I told him of the interest from Walsall.

"He said he had had the same so we were hopeful that we would both get our deals sorted and then it has come around quick.

“Both of us trained on Monday, and both of us came in for Burton. I think we both played well considering the circumstances."


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