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Pre-match: Josh Gordon ready to kick on after settling back in well

2 February 2024

Club News

Pre-match: Josh Gordon ready to kick on after settling back in well

2 February 2024

Walsall forward Josh Gordon is enjoying his second spell as a Saddlers player after joining on loan from Burton Albion for the remainder of the season.

Gordon has featured twice since his return against Stockport County and at home to Sutton United last weekend. 

The 29-year-old has found that settling back into these surroundings has happened quickly due to the squad morale and a sense of familiarity.

“The lads have been welcoming, the gaffer has been sound, and the coaching staff have been happy with what I’ve been doing. It doesn’t feel like I’ve left really,” he said.

“I think the way the lads are and just the togetherness, whether it’s just me coming in or a couple more lads, I don’t think it would have made a difference, it’s just been really welcoming since I’ve been here.

“There are still some staff here which just brings back old memories and obviously I know the training ground, know the stadium, know what the fans are like, so it has been easier than the first time.”

As one of the more experienced players in the team, Gordon feels he has a responsibility to help the younger squad members while also keeping competition in the team healthy.

“We are trying to help the younger forwards and you see them improving everyday which makes you need to keep stepping up your game as well,” he explained.

“You want that though as there are going to be times when we’re not playing and the person playing in front of you, you want to give them the best information possible, so they help out the team.

“At the end of the day the team are together and have ambitions to get as high as they can.”

The Saddlers face Gillingham on Saturday afternoon away from home which is sure to be a tough test, however Gordon and his teammates will be aiming to reduce the points difference to their rivals.

“They are going to strong; they are going to be robust, and they are going to have the same ambitions as we have so they are going to come out firing as much as we will,” he commented.

“We have just got to go there with our gameplan and our mindset with what we want to do and take it to them.

“The aim is to try and be on the front foot and take the lead if possible and just try to nullify all their strengths really.”

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