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Jon Whitney: Simeon Jackson goals will flow for Walsall

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Walsall boss Jon Whitney has backed striker Simeon Jackson to end his goal drought sooner rather than later.

The Canadian international, who was snapped up on a free transfer in the summer, made a flying start to his Saddlers career with five goals in his first 12 games.

But the former Norwich City star has not scored in his last 13 appearances, with his last goal coming in the 2-1 win over Millwall on October 1.

Whitney though is adamant the 29-year-old will soon be back on top form.

"Strikers go through these spells," the boss said. "But good strikers come through it and keep their confidence.

"Of course his confidence is a bit low but I still think his work ethic has been really good. He has showed a lot of pride in the Walsall shirt and if he keeps believing, he will get that goal very soon."

Meanwhile, the Express & Star understands Walsall are continuing to talk to Scunthorpe about re-signing defender Scott Laird. The 28-year-old joined the Saddlers on loan back in August and quickly became a fans' favourite at the Banks's Stadium.

That deal expired after Walsall's defeat to Rochdale with Laird subsequently attending a meeting with Iron boss Graham Alexander on Monday to discuss his future.

It is understood Laird was told is be able to leave Glanford Park.

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Elsewhere, defender Matt Preston says he has been pleased with his recent performances after forcing his way into Whitney's starting XI.

And now the 21-year-old is hoping to cement his place at the heart of the defence for the rest of the campaign.

"I've been pleased with my performance this season – although I am overly critical and never fully content with how I've played," Preston said.

"I think that's probably a good trait to have, but I do feel I have done well recently.

"I'm determined to keep improving and work on every aspect of my game.

"Hopefully that will be enough to keep me in the side."

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