Walsall secure loan signing of Villa youngster Tyreik Wright

Walsall have bolstered their ranks with the loan signing of Villa youngster Tyreik Wright.

Tyreik Wright signs for the Saddlers. Pic: Walsall FC
Tyreik Wright signs for the Saddlers. Pic: Walsall FC

After Jake Scrimshaw’s loan ended and Rory Holden was ruled out for the season with a knee injury, the right-winger will add much-needed depth to the club’s attacking options.

Primarily left-footed, the 19-year-old has been involved in Villa first-team training in recent weeks and played for the under-21 side in three EFL Trophy games this season, registering an assist in a 3-1 loss to Carlisle United.

Wright has played 11 times in Premier League 2 for the under-23s this year, scoring twice.

He also has international pedigree, with nine caps and five goals for the Republic of Ireland Under-19s

“I’m absolutely delighted to be here,” Wright said.

“I just want to thank the gaffer and Walsall for giving me the opportunity to come here on loan. I have been waiting a long time for this opportunity and I just can’t wait to get started.

“It means a lot to me (to be allowed out on loan) to be fair. I want to go out there and showcase my ability and show everyone what I have got.

“Like I say, I have been waiting for this opportunity for a long time. Playing men’s football will be a huge development in my career and hopefully it is a step towards great things.

“I’ll take my experiences of playing in the EFL Trophy this season because I haven’t played men’s football before but those games are a massive help and they can really help with your career development and I have enjoyed playing in those games.”

Wright becomes Walsall’s first signing of the transfer window and manager Darrell Clarke insists he possesses ‘great ability’.

“Tyreik is going to give us great options out wide,” Clarke said. “He’s got great ability with the ball at his feet and he has the potential to be a real threat in the final third.

“He’s been showing his match winning qualities in the under-23s at Villa and for his country at youth level so we are really looking forward to working with him.

“We’ve got a great relationship with Aston Villa and we’re very grateful to them for letting us have one of their exciting youngsters.”

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