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Neil Etheridge bids farewell to Walsall

By Joseph Masi | Walsall FC | Published:

Departing Walsall goalkeeper Neil Etheridge has thanked the club and Saddlers supporters ahead of his move to Cardiff.

Neil Etheridge

The 27-year-old is set to officially join the Bluebirds on July 1 after rejecting a three year deal to remain at the Banks's Stadium.

Etheridge was snapped up by the Saddlers in the summer of 2015 and impressed in 94 appearances for the club.

Cardiff initially enquired about the glovesman back in January but were put off by Walsall’s asking price.

But the Philippines international has now agreed terms on a move to Wales.

"I would like to take the time to thank everyone involved at Walsall Football Club," Etheridge said.

"From the players and the staff to everyone behind the scenes that makes the place tick and a great environment to work in.

"I can't thank enough the people at the club over the last two years that have made me into the player and character I am today.

"They know who they are and always will be very close to me."

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Etheridge admits the past two years have been a huge learning curve with Walsall finishing third in League One during his first season but 14th last year.

"Over my two seasons at the club so much has gone on," he continued.

"From play-offs, manager changes, changes on the field last summer.

"I have played with basically two different teams but both were amazing on and off the field.

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"And of course you guys, the supporters. Thank you!

"Not always was I able to please you all, but I know I always gave everything I had wearing the Walsall shirt.

"I'm on to a new adventure and I hope you all enjoy the rest of your summer."

Joseph Masi

By Joseph Masi
Football MMPJ - @josephmasi_star

Football journalist for the Express & Star covering Walsall FC.

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