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Tom Knowles speaks to Saddlers Shout

7 March 2023

Club News

Tom Knowles speaks to Saddlers Shout

7 March 2023

The latest edition of Saddlers Shout will be available at tonight's match.

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

Tom Knowles sat down for an exclusive interview in Saddlers Shout where he discusses making the step up to the EFL, life at Walsall so far and of course…his chant!

Here is a snippet of our chat with the 24-year-old.

 

Tom, thanks for joining us. Firstly, how have you found life at Walsall so far? 

“It’s been really good. It’s definitely been a challenge but one I’ve enjoyed and tried to tackle head on. I feel like I’ve settled in well and learnt more about the team and I feel like a settled part now.” 

You’ve been involved in the majority of the games since you arrived as well. Are you pleased to have racked up so many appearances? 

“Definitely. I want to repay the faith shown in me by the club so no matter how long I play, I always want to give it 100 per cent and hopefully I’ve shown that to the supporters this year.” 

It’s certainly been a season of highs and lows, as it often is in League Two. The team went on a great run before this recent spell that has seen a lot of draws. How do you assess the last few weeks? 

“It’s been frustrating because if we look back on those games (that we drew) there were at least five that we probably should have won and could have easily won so that’s the frustrating bit on our behalf. We also know that if you flip it on to a positive, we’re not that far away. We’ve shown we can go on a good run so hopefully we can turn these draws into wins and hopefully we can go on a good run between now and the end of the season.” 

For yourself personally, when you look at your current goals and assists tally, are you happy with your total so far? 

“I can’t be unhappy about it because it could be worse but the pressure and pride I have in myself, I want that to be higher and it could be higher as well but I can’t change that now. All I can focus on is between now and the end of the season and hopefully I can get to double figures.” 

There are other ways a player can contribute as well and you’ve certainly done that. For example, by playing in a number of positions like you have. How have you found that element? 

“It’s been a great learning experience to play in different positions. I think the only positions I haven’t played is goalkeeper and centre half! I’ve enjoyed learning off every player and whatever job I have for the team, I want to put in 100 per cent effort and hopefully that helps to contribute to a winning team come the end of the season.” 

The fans have been happy with your performances this season and have been very supportive of you. That brings us on to your chant that is certainly a popular one in the stands! Do you like the song? 

“I love it! I think the first game was Bradford away and it took me a couple of minutes to realise they were singing my name because I’ve never had a song before but it’s one of those where once someone says it, it’s constantly in your head for the rest of the day and I do find myself humming and whistling to it. The fans have been brilliant with me since I’ve come here. They’ve been patient and they’ve supported me and I can’t thank them enough for the way they’ve welcomed me in. Hopefully I can pay them back with something to cheer about and hopefully the team can come the end of the season?” 

Pick up a copy of Saddlers Shout for just £4 to read the full interview with Tom. 


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