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Gaffney: "I'll try to tick as many boxes as I can"

2 September 2019

New Walsall striker Rory Gaffney says he will try to tick as many boxes as he can as he embarks on his loan spell at the Banks’s Stadium.

The former Bristol Rovers forward arrived from Salford City on Saturday after reuniting with boss Darrell Clarke, skipper James Clarke and midfielder Stuart Sinclair.

Gaffney revealed he has a number of attributes to bring to the table.

“I work hard, try to give my all and make myself a nuisance to defenders,” said Gaffney.

“I try to do a little bit of everything, I wouldn’t say I’m a penalty box striker but I will be trying to score as many goals as I can.

“I try to tick as many boxes as I can, I would like to think I can run the channels well but it might be a certain type of game where you have to come to feet and link the play more but that’s what I’ll try to do.”

It shouldn’t take too long for the 29-year-old to settle in at the Banks’s given that there are a number of familiar faces at the club and he knows what to expect when he joins up with the group.

“I know all about the manager, all the staff – Marcus and Dutts (Brian Dutton) so he didn’t have to say too much to me. I know some of the lads Sinco and James Clarke so I was happy to take this opportunity.

“It’s the first time in my career that I’ve signed for the same manager but I do know all about the training, what he expects from his players and the formations that he likes to play.

Walsall manager Clarke is pleased to have added a fourth striker to his ranks.

He believes he’ll offer a different option and add more competition in the forward positions.

“He’ll offer something different, he’s mobile and I like my centre forwards mobile,” said Clarke.

“He works opportunities and creates opportunities and has a lot of good things about him so I’ll be pleased to work with him again.

“I’ve worked with him before so I know what he’s about.

My strikers have got to score goals, Caolan Lavery’s got three so far and he’s getting match fit by the day and we’ve got competition for places so hopefully that adds a bit more spice there.”


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