Saddlers midfielder Liam Kinsella is keen to repay fans for their continued support this season in what has been a particularly strange campaign with the Walsall faithful having to cheer on the team from home.
With the restrictions in place across the country, fans haven’t been at the Banks’s Stadium since March 7th 2020 and as somebody who enjoys playing in front of a crowd and has grown up playing in front of fans at the Banks’s, Kinsella is keen to keep displaying his wholehearted nature just like the fans have.
The 24-year-old signed a new two-and-a-half-year deal last week which will see him stay with the club until 2023 and he is now fully focused on giving back to the fans, just like they have done with the club.
“The fans have been excellent with helping the club out,” said Kinsella. “We as players know that the fans are there supporting us from home and we want to give it all when we are out there on the pitch to repay the fans.
“When we won the four games on the bounce it was brilliant but we’ve had a tough week and we have to bounce back now and pay back the fans for the belief they have shown in the club.
“It’s strange not playing in front of a crowd.
“It took a while for me to get used to but it is something that we are used to now, we have done it for a few months and I think it would be a bit weird having the fans back now having played for so long without them but it would be a pleasure for them to come back and watch us and fingers crossed it will happen soon.
“We have got to go about our business and we know that the fans are watching from home and we just need to continue playing to the best of our abilities.
“You want the fans to be at the games, that’s why you’re a footballer.
“You want to play in front of fans and show what you’re all about.
“For me, I’ve learnt to crack on with fans or without the fans. You know that they’re going to be watching no matter where they are and I have just got to get on with doing what I do.”