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Wilkinson delighted to join the Saddlers

11 June 2021

New Walsall striker Conor Wilkinson is excited to join the club after being 'amazed' when he spoke to Head Coach Matthew Taylor.

The 26-year-old penned a two-year deal at the Banks's Stadium and will officially join on July 1st when his contract at Leyton Orient expires. 

Wilkinson is looking forward to linking up with Taylor, who he has been really impressed by, and also Jamie Fullarton who he worked with during his time at Bolton Wanderers. 

“I’m very excited,” said Wilkinson.

“Once I met Jamie and I met the manager it was a no brainer for me.

“I’ve had a fair few offers in the window but this one came to me and made a lot of sense for me.

“I’ve worked with Jamie before during my time at Bolton and I felt like I was at my best form under him. He got me going and he knew how to get the best out of me.

“I met Matt a couple of weeks ago. He and I have spoke more than I’ve spoke to my girlfriend.

“When I met him, no one had ever broken down football like that to me before, the way he spoke and the way he knew the game. I was driving home from the meeting and I was amazed because I’ve never met a manager who has shown me that side of football.

"From goalkeeper to striker, everything was breathtaking."

The striker scored 15 goals in all competitions for Leyton Orient last season and is keen to bring that scoring prowess to the Banks's Stadium. 

He describes himself as a well-rounded forward who is keen to create as well as score and he hopes he can get Saddlers fans off their seats. 

"I'd like to describe myself as exciting," he commented. 

"I've got an eye for goal and I like to do a bit of everything. I'm not your out and out six foot four that just holds the ball up and runs channels, I like to play, I like to be creative and create chances as well as score them so I'd say exciting." 

 


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