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Franck Moussa: The best is soon to come for Walsall

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Midfielder Franck Moussa believes Walsall fans are about to see the best of him following his recovery from a groin injury.

The talented Belgian was forced to sit out the Saddlers' draw with Bury and victory over Grimsby with a slight groin strain.

Moussa has seen his career blighted by injury over the past two years and revealed his latest set-back was a reaction to having only played 24 games in the past two seasons.

But after working extensively on his fitness during the international break, the former Charlton man believes he is now ready to show Walsall fans exactly what he is capable of.

"The groin injury stems from last season and having not played many games," Moussa said.

"Then this season I have played three games on the bounce and it took its toll.

"It was only minor but it was safer to step out and recover fully rather than risk something more serious.

"Now I feel I can kick on again and really start to show my best form.

"I'm in an environment where I feel there is trust in me and I have the confidence of the management staff to produce.

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"I believe we are going to have a good season because there is a lot of talent in the dressing room. I'm really looking forward to getting back out there."

Walsall have made a stuttering start to the new campaign with Jon Whitney's side having won one, drawn two and lost two of their opening five games in League One.

But Moussa feels the side will continue to get stronger throughout the campaign, with the team still finding its feet following 14 new arrivals in the summer.

"It does take time for a team to gel but we are close to finding that winning formula," he said. "The important thing is to learn from mistakes.

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"Going 3-0 up against Bury shows there are goals in this team and creativity.

"But then there is the other side of the game as well.

"You can't just expect to turn up in this league and win because you've got talented players.

"We have a lot of new players and a lot of young players as well.

"But the ability and the talent is there to have a really good season."

A self-confessed student of the game, Moussa believes it is vital all Walsall's players continue to work hard to improve.

"What I have always done and what I still do is try and learn from the players around me," he added.

"I'm a student of the game, I'm always asking managers questions and being busy.

"I watch a lot of football on TV and a lot of players. I want to find out all those different things that make people successful.

"Success doesn't fall into your lap and it's not all about talent, you have to do the hard work. And that hard work also helps keep you grounded.

"There is always a challenge when you are a footballer. When you are a young player the challenge is to get to the first team.

"Then once you have played a few games you want to make your mark on that team.

"Little by little there is always a challenge ahead.

"Now I'm looking forward to the challenge here and making sure Walsall are competing at the top of League One."

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