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Walsall's Josh Ginnelly's out to kickstart career

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Josh Ginnelly hopes his impressive performance against Sheffield United will be the springboard to kickstart his Walsall career.

The 19-year-old has endured a frustrating time since joining the Saddlers on loan from Burnley and is yet to feature in League One for Jon Whitney's side.

But the winger was given the chance to show what he can do in Tuesday's Checkatrade Trophy clash against the Blades and impressed fans with his flair and work-rate. Now the former Shrewsbury youngster is determined to build on the performance and cement his place in the Saddlers squad.

"I was pleased with my performance and enjoyed myself against Sheffield United," Ginnelly said.

"Being out the squad is tough, we've got a lot of good players and there is competition for places.

"But you have to keep going, work hard and keep doing the right things because if you do get your chance you have to take it.

"I'm a young lad but my ambition is to play for the first-team.

"But when things don't go my way, I have to react a lot better than how I did at the start.

"I'm learning now. I have got keep proving myself to the manager.

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"There are a lot of young players here who are playing.

"George Dobson is in the team and really enjoying his football.

"I want to be playing alongside him. That is my ambition, to start playing every game."

Boss Whitney was also delighted with the winger's performance at Bramall Lane.

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"Before the game everyone had an individual target," he said.

"For Josh, his first target wasn't to get shots on goal or crosses in – it was how many times he could limit the crosses Sheffield United were looking to make.

"Then after the first 15 to 20 minutes the game would open up he could start to play.

"He did really well and he has been playing like that in training.

"We have had some words over the past few months.

"We are trying to get him to become more consistent with the way he behaves and his work ethic.

"Sheffield was great boost for the kid. I'm made up for him."

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