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Ronan Maher signs first professional contract

19 August 2022

Club News

Ronan Maher signs first professional contract

19 August 2022

Walsall Football Club are delighted to announce that Ronan Maher has signed a first professional contract.

The 17-year-old, who has signed a contract until 2025, made his professional debut against Hartlepool United on the opening day of the 2022/23 season, coming off the bench in a 4-0 win.

He also featured against Swindon Town in the Carabao Cup, winning the penalty that led to the first goal, before his most recent appearance against Barrow.

Maher came through the ranks here at the Poundland Bescot Stadium, joining the club as an 11-year-old. His first involvement with the senior squad came in July 2021 when he played against Premier League outfit Crystal Palace in a pre-season friendly.

He enjoyed a prolific season with the Under 18s and finished as their top scorer in 2021/22.

The attacking midfielder was called up to the first team again this summer and has remained with the senior group ever since.

He was also invited to Republic of Ireland U19s training camp earlier this month.

The local lad is now looking to establish himself and continue his development after signing his first professional deal.

“I’m really happy and thankful to the Head Coach for giving me an opportunity and it’s time for me to kick on,” Maher said.

“My targets are to try and help the Club progress, give the fans something exciting to watch and to cement my place in the squad.

“My family have been with me through thick and thin and they drive me on. They’ve said many times to keep my feet on the ground and stay humble – it’s probably the best thing you can do so I’m going to try and stick by that.”

Head Coach Michael Flynn is pleased to have Maher signed up and is keen to see him continue improving.

“The hard work starts now for him,” Flynn said. “He’s a smashing kid, I’ve got a lot of time for him, nothing fazes him and he takes it all in his stride. He’s confident but not arrogant and he’s got ability.

“He’s got to keep grounded, level headed and work even harder than he has been and I’m sure he will.”

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