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Taylor Allen speaks to Saddlers Shout

1 March 2023

Club News

Taylor Allen speaks to Saddlers Shout

1 March 2023

The latest edition of Saddlers Shout will be available at Saturday's match against Barrow.

Supporters can pick up a copy around the ground, at the Club Shop or at the Ticket Office on matchday. 

Saddlers defender Taylor Allen sat down for an exclusive interview in Saddlers Shout where he discusses his move back to his hometown and his career so far. 

Here is a snippet of our chat with the 22-year-old. 

Taylor, thanks for joining us. Firstly, how are you finding life at Walsall during your first season here?

“I’m really enjoying my time here. It’s comfortable being back at home, knowing the club from when I was younger, being around the town and knowing a few of the fans as well. I’m enjoying my time on the pitch, I’ve played more games than I’ve ever played in my life, I just need that goal or assist and impact on a game more often than I have done this season but overall, I’ve enjoyed my time here.”

How much have you enjoyed being back in the town as well?

“I see more people who are interested in what I’m doing, more Walsall fans, people who are looking out and I have a lot of conversations day to day about the club and how things are going. It’s good to know people and be back at home with family but I’m trying to do something for the club and the town I was born in.”

You made a really good start to the season and played a lot of games. What were the early months of the campaign like for you?

“It was a change; I’d never played that many games before. I had to get used to playing week in, week out with the unfortunate injury to Liam (Gordon) so getting those games, playing week in, week out, looking after my body and trying to be consistently good for the team was quite tough at the start but I tried to get myself through it and then I had to be patient and wait for my time to come again. I’ve played the last two and I’m just trying to kick on and help the team get to where they want to get to.”

You mentioned that this season has been the first time in your career that you have played so many games in the league. What do you feel like you have learnt from that so far?

“For me it was more the mental side. Physically, I could cope with Saturday-Tuesday but it was more the mental side. If I wasn’t playing too well, how to get around it and put myself in a good place in my head to keep going consistently and not get myself down if I did have a bad game or if I wasn’t doing enough personally. I think from my time off the pitch and watching from the side, I’ve learnt a different side of the game, looking at how I can try and impact games, what I need to do or what I could have done in that situation. I think it’s helped me for now as I don’t feel too much mentally about how I’m doing, I kind of get myself through it. If one thing goes wrong, I make sure the next thing is good but it was tough. I haven’t played that many games before in my life, League Two can be demanding with the teams you come up against so it was tough at the start but as I got myself past the five/six game mark, I got myself into a good routine where I knew what we needed to do and then I had a dip of form personally and I tried to iron those things out and try to be consistently reliable on the pitch.”

It sounds like this season has been a big learning curve for you…

“Definitely – both sides of it. Playing the games, getting older and learning different things about different people, learning what the manager wants and also what the fans expect and how to give them a performance every week. Not just for yourself but for the people around you and the town.”

Pick up a copy of Saddlers Shout for just £4 at Saturday's match to read the full interview with Taylor. 

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