WALSALL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 01: A general view before the FA Cup second round match between Walsall and Sunderland at Banks' Stadium on December 1, 2018 in Walsall, England. (Photo by Ian Horrocks/Sunderland AFC via Getty Images)

Walsall have made their first January signing. The Saddlers have signed winger Jack Nolan on a permanent deal from Reading.

Walsall Sign Jack Nolan

The Deal

Walsall announced via their website they had signed the young winger. Nolan arrives for an undisclosed fee and becomes the Saddlers’ first signing of the window.

Darrell Clarke has been looking for wide players to boost Walsall’s attack and he will be hoping the 18-year-old can give Walsall so much needed creativity in the final third.

Nolan could make his debut this weekend when Walsall welcome Crawley Town to the Banks’ Stadium.

What Was Said

Speaking to the Walsall website about his move, Nolan said: “I’m delighted to be here. I can’t wait to get going with the team and hopefully get some first-team action.

“It’s my first time in the football league so I am really looking forward to it.

“Things have moved very quickly from when Darrell first made contact with Reading and this is a great opportunity for myself and hopefully I can bring a lot to Walsall Football Club whilst I’m here.

“Darrell said to me that it was a great opportunity for me to come and hopefully get some games in the league.

“Obviously there is a lot of hard work ahead because I am still so young. The conversation I had with Darrell made my mind up that Walsall was the place for me to come to.

“The aim for me is to make my professional league debut but the biggest thing for me is adapting to league football. I have only been with the U23s at Reading, so I am really looking forward to getting going.

“I’m a winger who predominantly likes to play on the right. I like to cut inside and try and score and create goals for the team.

“I’m going to try and be a real attacking threat against the opposition when I’m playing.”

Darrell Clarke Delighted with His First January Signing

The Walsall manager is delighted to have his new signing on board. He said: “We’re really pleased to add Jack to the squad,”

“We have watched him closely over a period of time and we like the potential of the lad.”

“He fits into the project of a left-footed wide player that we’ve been after. He is still a young lad and he’s going to need a bit of time to bed in but I’m looking forward to working with him and building a decent youthful side mixed with some experienced players.”

“He’s been capped by England at U17 level so he’s got good pedigree and we’re delighted to have him on board.”


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