New signing Tyreik Wright is looking forward to getting his first taste of professional football during his time on loan with the Saddlers.
The 19-year-old right winger became Darrell Clarke’s first signing of the January transfer window on Wednesday and he is ready and raring to go with 24 games left of the League Two season.
And the teenager has set his sights high already as he looks to gain valuable experience from his time with the club, as well as hoping he can help push the Saddlers towards the play-off spots in the division.
“I am looking to get experience out of this loan move,” said Wright. “Men's football is a different game compared to development football but age doesn’t matter. I just can’t wait to get started really.
“This club deserves to be in a better division and hopefully I can prove to people that I am able to take Walsall up to the next division.
“The staff at Villa have said I need to get experience out of this loan move.
“They came to me earlier in the week and told me that Walsall were interested and it was a no-brainer really.
“It’s right on the doorstep, not far from home so I just can’t wait to get started now.
“It’s going to be an easy transition for me with the club not being far from home. I am used to moving away from home as I moved away from home when I was 16 back in Ireland so this is nothing new to me.
“Like I said, I just can’t wait to get started and I am really excited.”
For the Saddlers fans who may not know that much about the type of player that Wright is, he described himself as enthusiastic and hardworking.
“I am an enthusiastic player who is also hard working,” Wright continued.
“I always want to win because I hate losing and hopefully I’ll be able to show the fans exactly what I can do and hopefully help the team get into the promotion places.”