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Robbie Willmott joins the Saddlers

5 January 2023

Club News

Robbie Willmott joins the Saddlers

5 January 2023

Walsall Football Club are delighted to announce the signing of versatile midfielder Robbie Willmott on a loan deal from Newport County until the end of the season.

The 32-year-old can play as a winger, wing-back and centrally as an attacking midfielder.

Willmott has played 292 matches for Newport over two spells and worked closely with Head Coach Michael Flynn and Assistant Head Coach Wayne Hatswell.

During his first spell at Rodney Parade between 2013 and 2015, he played alongside Flynn and helped the Exiles reach the EFL.

After spells at Ebbsfleet United, Eastleigh, Bishop’s Stortford, Chelmsford City, he returned to South Wales in 2017 and played a key role for the Exiles as they reached the Sky Bet League Two play-off final in 2019 and 2021.

He enjoyed a loan spell at Exeter City in the second half of the 2020-21 season but is now looking forward to his new challenge at the Poundland Bescot Stadium.

Willmott highlighted what he is looking to bring to the team and is looking forward to working with Flynn and Hatswell once again.

“Playing under the gaffer and Hats (Wayne Hatswell), and I have played with both of them as well which means I know how they operate; know how they like to play and they know how I operate so it is a good match,” Willmott said.

“They are two friends; we have a great relationship. I have known Hats for about 14 years so it has been a while. Under the gaffer we have had some very successful times so hopefully we can carry on the great form that Walsall are in and bring those times to Walsall.

“At Newport, I think I played anywhere bar in goal under him but anywhere that I am asked to play, I will obviously give 100%.

“I feel like my crossing is a massive part of my game, I like to put chances on for strikers but the gaffer knows that I can fill in wherever needed."

Head Coach Michael Flynn is pleased to add Robbie to his squad. 

“I’m delighted to have Robbie in the building," he said.

"He’s arguably one of the best crossers in the league with either foot and he can play in numerous positions.

“I’ve known him a long time, I’ve played with him, managed him, he’s a good character and he’ll fit in with the group. He’s very fit, looks after himself and he will provide us with some good ammunition down the right-hand side.

“Predominantly, I’ll be looking for him to play on the right but he’s got to earn his spot in the team and hopefully, the fans get to see the best of Robbie.”

The transfer is subject to EFL, FA and international clearance.

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