Dean Smith has faith in his youngsters

Dean Smith today insisted he has complete trust in Walsall’s starlets but admitted they must be handled with care.

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The Saddlers boss has no fear in handing his kids the chance to shine in League One when they are needed.

First-year professionals Aaron Williams and Jake Jones have made their debuts this season while Mal Benning, Kieron Morris and Ben George are on stand-by.

Smith made his Walsall debut when he was 17 and said: “We’ll blood them every now and again and see how they do. You do go back to your personal experience.

“I was thrown in at 17-years-old and it was sink or swim – fortunately I could doggy paddle. We’re not at that – it’s not sink or swim – but we can test the water.”