Walsall transfer news: Jon Whitney hoping for one more signing ahead of deadline

Walsall boss Jon Whitney says he is still eyeing one more signing before the transfer window closes.

Jon Whitney.
Jon Whitney.

The 46-year-old watched on Saturday as his side produced a thrilling fight-back to recover from three goals down to draw 3-3 with Bradford at the Banks’s Stadium.

That clash saw Tyler Robers enjoy a fairytale debut – with the Albion loanee grabbing a goal and an assist despite only joining the Saddlers on Friday.

And Whitney, who has been under pressure to sign a striker all summer, hopes the performance from the 18-year-old shows he has been right to remain patient.

“I’m still looking – we’d like one more before the window closes,” the boss said.

“We are still working really hard and the chairman has been fantastic at allowing me to bring players in.

“I hope with Tyler Roberts people can see the benefit of a bit of patience. I could have brought a striker in four or five weeks ago.

“But I wanted to wait for the ones I want. Sometimes patience pays off and I’m still being patient with one.

“We’ll have to see if it works. But we won’t bring in someone just for numbers. Anyone who comes in has to reinforce and give real support to this group of players.”

Whitney did confirm he is taking a look at Stourbridge striker Jordan Archer who is the joint top scorer in the Evostik Premier Division with five goals.

But despite media reports to the contrary, the boss said a deal for the forward has not been discussed with the 23-year-old only joining up with the club on Thursday.

“We have invited Jordan Archer to come in and train with us but it is very early days,” Whitney continued.

“He joined up with us on Thursday and we will have a look at him again on Monday.

“It really is very early days with that. There is nothing guaranteed with that one.

“We just want to have a look at him because we want to make sure we are looking at players in non-league. Solihull Moors have got a few as well we are looking at.

“We are making sure we touch as many bases as we can and look at players.”

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