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Future bright for Walsall's starlets as Mat Sadler hands opportunities to academy graduates

Walsall boss Mat Sadler says he has been delighted to provide academy players with opportunities in recent weeks.

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Defender Cayden Bennett, winger Jaiy Leydon and forward Charlie Wragg made up a trio of academy scholars to be named in the senior squad for the first time at Shrewsbury last week.

Youth product Ronan Maher played only his second full 90 for the Saddlers, while 16-year-old Dylan Thomas collected his third first team outing from the bench.Young goalkeeper George Barrett was also included in the squad in Shropshire.