James Baxendale targets a big role at Walsall
James Baxendale today targeted a regular starting place for Walsall after admitting he is "itching" for the season to start.
The 21-year-old attacking midfielder wants to play a big role for the Saddlers after experiencing fluctuating fortunes last term.
After a bright start, Baxendale found himself in and out of the side over the second half of the campaign, as he was dogged by indifferent form and a niggling injury.
And he admits greater consistency must be his target this time around.
"You are excited for next season and the way I feel I am itching for next season," he said.
"From my point of view last season probably went the way it did for us as a team. I was consistently OK, while there were patches where I was really good.
"I have to get to be really good every week next season and obviously I am going to do everything in my power to make that happen."
The former Leeds youth teamer is seen as a key part of the future by Smith having signed a three-year deal last summer.
"Obviously the club have put faith in me and I have put faith in the club," he said. "I signed because I think the team can go places and I still feel that. For me it was a case of wanting to be part of something I feel is going to take off."
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