Young Walsall midfielder Jake Heath today sealed a one-month loan move to Worcester City.
The first-year professional could make his debut for the Conference North outfit when they travel to Gloucester City this evening.
The youngster was one of three former youth team players to sign deals with the Saddlers over the summer and says he can’t wait to taste first-team action with Worcester.
“I’m really looking forward to the opportunity of getting some competitive action under my belt,” said Heath.
“I know that it is a physical league, but the experience will only benefit me.
“It will be my first taste of senior action, so it’s a chance for me to make my mark and show the gaffer what I can do.
“I’m sure I will come back a better player from this, so it can only be a good move for me.”
Boss Dean Smith had already hinted several of the Saddlers’ young pros would be given loan moves to gain experience and Heath is unlikely to be the last.
Keeper Liam Roberts is currently third-choice behind Richard O’Donnell and Shane Lewis, while midfielder Reece Flanagan is also a candidate for a loan move, along with striker Danny Griffiths.
But the manager has ruled out sending out Kieron Morris, who has been an unused substitute on three occasions this season.
Heath admitted the step up to senior football was a big one. “It’s certainly been a big step-up from what I was used to in the youth team,” he said.
“But I have really enjoyed training and being around the squad and feel that I have done OK so far.”
As part of the deal, Heath will be allowed to continue turning out for the Saddlers’ reserve team.