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Mat Sadler provides transfer update and looks ahead to Colchester clash

1 September 2023

Walsall Head Coach Mat Sadler confirmed he is trying to make an addition on Transfer Deadline Day but insists he is happy with the squad he has at his disposal.

The Saddlers have made 10 signings so far this summer with the window set to close at 11pm tonight.

Sadler is pleased with the options he has but reiterated that he is still hoping to bring in reinforcements.

“We’re trying,” Sadler confirmed.

“We’re trying to get that one over that we’ve mentioned previously.

“If it doesn’t happen then it doesn’t happen. It’s probably right in mentioning that I feel very happy with the squad as it is currently anyway.

“We’ve got a couple of bodies that are on the way back from injury so they come into the thinking if the ones that we’ve gone after don’t quite drop, which has been a little bit frustrating in the way that has developed, but it may or may not happen.

“I’m not going to sign somebody for signings sake so that’s the most important thing. If I bring somebody in, it'll be because I think they’re the right ones to come in but if that doesn’t happen, I’m happy with the squad as it is, I’m happy with the options I’ve got available and we’ve got a couple of bodies that are on the way back, which won’t be a million miles away so plenty of cause for optimism.”

As well as having one eye on the transfer window, Sadler is focused on tomorrow’s clash with Colchester United at the Poundland Bescot Stadium.

The Saddlers Head Coach says his side will approach the game with confidence after coming from behind to get a point last weekend but is expecting to meet a strong Colchester outfit.

“They’ve got some great players, some really good players for the level,” Sadler said.

“They’ve recruited well and they’ll probably try and recruit strong on the last day of the window as well.

“They’ve got a manager who is very experienced for the division, knows the division well and he’ll be looking to put his stamp on the team, which he’s been able to do.

“It’s another really tough game for us but one we’re extremely looking forward to and we’ll go into it with the confidence and the resilience that we showed last week, the confidence of being together this week and the motivation to be desperate to win the next game.

“It will be tough, of course it will. There will be tough moments and it won’t all go our way, no game of football ever does but we’ll give it absolutely everything to win the football match.”

Tom Knowles started his first game of the season last time out against Grimsby Town after recovering from injury. Priestley Farquharson is also working his way back from injury and Sadler revealed he is edging closer to a return.

“Priestley’s not far away and we’ll look forward to when he’s back,” he commented.

“He’s been a big miss so we look forward to when he gets back in.

"Rollin (Menayese) is not far away, probably just another month or six weeks more of work. He had a horrendous injury and he’s working really hard to get himself in the condition he needs to so he can play week in week out, he’s not quite there yet but as I say he’s four to six weeks away from being in the plans of that and we need to get him some games along that route as well but he’s working really hard.

“Jack’s (Earing) coming along with his rehab, he’s not there yet, he’s not training with me but he was out on the grass with the physios, working hard on his recovery and when he does come back in, we all looking forward to seeing him back in.”

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