Midfielder Stuart Sinclair is looking forward to potentially playing in tomorrow’s FA Cup first round clash against his former side Bristol Rovers, a club he still holds close to his heart.
During his time with the Gas, Sinclair won back-to-back promotions under current Saddlers boss Darrell Clarke and Sinclair is relishing the chance to be involved in what could be a cracking first round fixture.
The 32-year-old has featured six times in all competitions so far this season and he is looking to make it seven when his old club visit the Banks’s on Saturday afternoon.
"They're a club close to my heart and I had amazing times there, I loved every minute of it,” said Sinclair.
"To be able to play them in the FA Cup is definitely something I'll look back on when I finish my career.
“I’ll reminisce on playing in a tie that is so close to me.
“Walsall and Bristol Rovers are two massive clubs steeped in history and it's so nice to be involved.
"Everyone, players and supporters, always look forward to the FA Cup. The competition is steeped in history and as a football fan you grow up with that.
"Anyone can play anyone and it's amazing just to be involved in it.
"As a supporter you get a break from the league and get a slightly different feeling, there's a different buzz and it’s enjoyable to be a part of it.
"When I think back to being a child the FA Cup was always extremely important in my household and it would be nice if the bigger clubs looked at it like that.
"It would be a great thing for football. We're all in it together, it's massively important.
"I want to play every minute but I understand that as I get older my role changes within the side and I'm enjoying that.
"I speak with the gaffer a lot and as I get older that's part of being a footballer.
"Unfortunately my football career has always been hustle and bustle and that does take a toll on the body.
"You have to manage the body in a different way and I'm trying to help the younger lads and push them forward and see them flourish.
"I can watch that and be excited for them and the club. For the club to move forward the young players are a huge part of that.
"I enjoy helping them any way I can.”