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Rory Holden joins the Saddlers on season-long loan from Bristol City

26 July 2019

Walsall FC are delighted to announce the signing of diminutive winger Rory Holden on a season-long loan from Bristol City.

The 21-year-old, who has been on trial with the Saddlers and travelled to Poland for our pre-season training camp, becomes Darrell Clarke’s 12th summer recruit.

The Northern Irishman started his career with hometown club Derry City before moving to Ashton Gate in August 2017.

He enjoyed a loan spell with Barrow and played six League One matches on loan at Rochdale last season.

“I’m buzzing to be here and to finally get the move over the line,” said Holden.

“I am a winger who likes to get on the ball and create chances for other players and try and chip in with a few goals.

“The week away [in Poland] with the group was perfect for me. The boys really helped me settle in because they’re a really open and honest group.

“It is the perfect time for me to come out on loan to help me develop as a player.

“The manager wants me to go out on the pitch and just express myself, gain some experience in the Football League and to try and excite the fans.”

Manager Darrell Clarke added: “Rory is a left-footed wide player and that’s his best position in a 4-3-3, coming inside onto his left foot.

“We’ve worked with him now for a couple of weeks and had a good look at him. His attitude has been spot on and he came on the Poland trip and played very well in the game out there.

“I know [Bristol City manager] Lee Johnson has spoken highly of him and he gives me different options for a different formation.”

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