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Relief as Saddlers hang on to Tom Bradshaw, Romaine Sawyers and Rico Henry

James Baxendale was the only Walsall departure on deadline day as the Saddlers kept hold of star trio Tom Bradshaw, Romaine Sawyers and Rico Henry.


The 23-year-old attacking midfielder completed a permanent move to League Two outfield Mansfield after signing for the Stags on loan last month.

But while Baxendale put pen to paper on an 18-month contract at Field Mill, Saddlers fans breathed a sigh of relief as it was confirmed Bradshaw, Sawyers and Henry were all staying.

There was widespread speculation yesterday afternoon that Bristol City, who are believed to have enquired about Bradshaw, had seen an offer accpeted.

But the club quickly quashed the rumours with a statement insisting Bradshaw was not for sale.

The Saddlers also managed to keep hold of Sawyers, who has been linked with Celtic, as well as Henry, who is reportedly a target for Manchester United, Tottenham and Liverpool. Now the the trio will be hoping to help inspire their side to promotion into the Championship, starting with a win at Doncaster Rovers tonight.

Meanwhile, boss Sean O'Driscoll has confirmed there is still no time scale for when Isaiah Osbourne will make his debut for the first team. The midfielder underwent knee surgery for an injury picked up shortly after signing for the club in the summer.

And he has since picked up an infection which has put back his recovery.

"Isaiah had a specialist appointment about a month ago which gave him an update where he is," O'Driscoll said. "He has to do some work, not to strengthen the knee but the stabilising structures that are around it. For anybody who is injured that is most boring part of it – the operation has healed and you are eager to get out and kick a ball.

"It's too hard to assess how long or how far off it he is at the moment."

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