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Reece Devine joins on loan from Manchester United

28 January 2022

Walsall Football Club are delighted to announce the signing of Reece Devine on loan from Premier League club Manchester United.

The 20-year-old left-back has spent the first half of the 2021-22 season on loan at Scottish Premiership side St Johnstone.

He featured 10 times for The Saints, which included matches in the UEFA Europa League and UEFA Europa Conference League.

Devine was in the youth setup at both Wolves and Manchester City before he joined the Red Devils in 2018.

He has experience in the UEFA Youth League and also played in the EFL Trophy for United alongside the likes of Mason Greenwood, Tahith Chong and Anthony Elanga.

On his loan move, Devine stated how excited he was to join the club and that he can't wait to get going with the games in League Two now coming thick and fast.

"I had a few good chats with the gaffer and he said very good things," said Devine. "I am really excited to join and give my all for the team and show the fans what I can offer. Hopefully we can start picking up some points soon. 

"It was a great experience for me (up in Scotland). It was my first loan spell and my first taste of mens football and I thought I dealt well with it. 

"Now it is time for my next opportunity back playing in English football, which can be different, but I am looking forward to it. 

"The Head Coach said to me that he wants me to come in and fight for my place. 

"He wants me to do what I am good at and offer the team something different and that's what I am willing to do and looking forward to doing. 

"If I am going to describe myself as a player, I am an attacking full-back who loves getting up and down. I love a challenge and making things happen. I will always give my all for the team."

Saddlers Head Coach Matt Taylor is looking forward to working with the defender and is delighted to add him to the squad.

“Reece is someone who we have been working on bringing to the club for a period of time,” he said.

“This isn’t his first loan which is very good for ourselves. He comes down from St Johnstone in the Scottish Premiership and he is a player that I feel has the attributes to play men’s football regularly.

“He’s combative, he wants to fight, he has obviously got wonderful technical elements to his game because of his upbringing and where he has been previously as an academy player.

“The thing I like about Reece is that he was very keen on this move and he had other options on the table and he wants to come and prove himself. I can’t wait for us to work with him, for his team mates to work with him and for him to understand the way we play.

“He provides us with excellent competition in an area of the pitch that we were light. We had to make sure we made good additions and I am really pleased with being able to add Reece to the squad.”

The transfer is subject to EFL, Premier League and FA clearance.


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