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Max Melbourne joins the Saddlers on loan

1 February 2021

Walsall Football Club are delighted to announce the signing of left-back Max Melbourne from Lincoln City on a loan deal until the end of the season.

The 22-year-old has featured 16 times in all competitions for the League One high-flyers so far this season.

He’s played 27 times overall for the Imps having joined on loan in the summer of 2019 before making the move permanent in January 2020.

Melbourne began his career at West Bromwich Albion and has also had two loan spells in Scotland with Ross County and Partick Thistle.

The defender was pleased to join the club and can't wait to get started.

"I’m delighted to be joining Walsall for the remainder of the season,” he said. “It’s a club I’ve known about for a long time from playing at West Brom for most of my career.

"I’m an athletic player who enjoys both defending and attacking. I’ve played at both left back and centre back so I’m familiar with the roles. So just starting and joining attacks is just as important as the clean sheet mentality.

"Lincoln have done very well as a team up to this point & I’ve learned a lot as a player this season and I’m looking to bring that strong form here and test myself in a different environment.

"On a personal note I’m looking to play as many games as possible and develop as a player. There’s no better feeling than being able to put the match shirt on every week and win as many games as possible."

Darrell Clarke was also pleased to add the full-back to his team.

“We’re pleased bring Max into the squad,” he said.

“We’ve lost Zak so we needed a replacement and Max is coming in with a bit of League One experience.

“He’s a good age, he can play left-back and left centre half.

“He’s quick, good one v one and athletic.

“We’re grateful to Lincoln for allowing us to take him on loan.”

The transfer is subject to EFL & FA clearance.


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