Walsall new boy Caolan Lavery is keen to pick up a few tips from coach Marcus Stewart – who he has something in common with.
Lavery spent two years at Ipswich Town as a scholar while Stewart scored 40 goals for the Tractor Boys during a two-and-a-half-year spell at Portman Road.
The new Saddlers striker is keen to learn from Stewart who was brought to his attention during his time in Suffolk.
“I haven’t told him this yet but I was at Ipswich as a scholar and his name is always mentioned around those parts,” Lavery said.
“I’m look forward to working with him and picking his brains and seeing how much I can get out of him.”
Lavery has won three promotions in the last three years with Sheffield United, Rotherham United and Bury respectively.
He scored six goals in all competitions last season while on loan at Bury last season and has given Saddlers fans a bit of insight into what they can expect to see from him this season.
“I am a very honest player and I leave everything out there on the pitch,” he said.
“I am a hardworking player and I like to put defenders under pressure. I am a striker that likes to get in behind the backline.”
The 26-year-old will be competing with Elijah Adebayo and Josh Gordon for a place up front this season but he’s not afraid of competition and sees it as a positive.
“Every club that I have been with, competition is always good,” he commented.
“You’re always working on each other to better each other and you’re always looking to keep everyone on their toes.”
“At every club, no matter where you are up and down the country, you need to have a good strike force."