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Dean Keates eyes Walsall signings

By Joseph Masi | Walsall FC | Published:

Boss Dean Keates is confident Walsall will make permanent and loan signings in the coming days.

Dean Keates

Despite the new season kicking off on Saturday, the Saddlers squad is light on numbers with Keates eager to sign two defenders, a midfielder and a striker.

Last week the boss said he was close to signing a number of players on a permanent basis but also revealed he had a number of loanees lined up if those deals fell through. And after some players opted to go elsewhere, he admitted arrivals this week will be split between permanent and loan additions.

“I’d like to think we’ll add a few bodies this week,” Keates said.

“A few have not worked as we had hoped. One or two have not fallen our way. But that is part and parcel of the job.

“There maybe a loan or two added but we’re still keen to add permanent signings.”

Walsall saw out pre-season by securing a 2-1 win at Cheltenham in their final friendly of the summer on Saturday.

The match saw trialist Tomas Egert given a final chance to try and earn a deal before the season starts.

But the defender endured an eventful afternoon that saw him give away two penalties – with the second arriving after he tugged the shirt of Jordon Forster.

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“Looking back at the first penalty – he has got too tight and he knows that,” Keates said.

“The second one, I don’t know. I think everything that has happened at the World Cup – I think the referee got caught up in that.

“We had a similar one in the first-half which was exactly the same with Andy Cook but it didn’t go our way.

“That is where as a manager and coaching staff you want consistency.”

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One player who did impress Keates at Whaddon Road was Josh Ginnelly – with the winger having missed the friendlies against Stoke, Villa and Ajax with Tendinitis.

“Josh was bright, he was sharp,” the boss added.

“He has had a little of a niggle with Tendinitis. It was just a case of protecting him for the three games he missed because they were all in a short space of time.”

Joseph Masi

By Joseph Masi
Football MMPJ - @josephmasi_star

Football journalist for the Express & Star covering Walsall FC.

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