Walsall were today revealed as one of the most prudent clubs in League One after details of agents’ fees were released by the Football League.
The Saddlers spent just £3,300 on players’ representatives last season, placing them third-lowest in the third tier.
The only clubs in their division who spent less were Crewe and relegated Hartlepool, who didn’t spend anything on agents.
By contrast, neighbours Wolves spent just under £1.7m, ranking them the third-highest in the Championship, only to be relegated.
Ashley Hemmings, meanwhile, today admitted Walsall must start being more positive in front of goal.
The wing wizard conceded there has been frustration among the Saddlers’ attacking players at their failure to regularly test the opposition goalkeeper in recent games.
Hemmings is currently top scorer after netting his third goal of the campaign against his former club Wolves in Tuesday’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy clash.
And he believes the solution to the problem is simple – they need to start taking more shots.
“It has been frustrating in recent games,” said Hemmings. “We are not taking enough shots or getting the ball in the box enough. I think that is what we need to do. But it will come. It is still early in the season.”
Boss Dean Smith has stated he is happy with the current strikeforce.
And Hemmings pointed out new players like Milan Lalkovic, Romaine Sawyers and Troy Hewitt are still getting to know each other following a summer in which the forward line was overhauled.
“We have loads of new players,” said Hemmings.
“We have a different kind of team and we are just going to support each other and encourage each other.”