Tribal Football - Football News, Soccer News, Transfers & Rumours Latest Articles for Walsall https://www.tribalfootball.com/clubs/walsall Wed, 13 Nov 2019 06:44:25 +1100 http://www.tribalfootball.com/images/tribal-logo-rss.png Tribal Football http://www.tribalfootball.com <![CDATA[DONE DEAL: Sheffield Utd striker Caolan Lavery is 15th Walsall signing]]> <p>Walsall have completed their 15th summer window signing by bringing in Sheffield United's Caolan Lavery on an undisclosed-length contract.</p><p>Lavery, 26, will be looking for a fourth successive promotion.</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/done-deal-sheffield-utd-striker-caolan-lavery-is-15th-walsall-signing-4291915?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BWalsall'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Walsall have completed their 15th summer window signing by bringing in Sheffield United's Caolan Lavery on an undisclosed-length contract.

Lavery, 26, will be looking for a fourth successive promotion.

The Canadian-born striker, who began his career at Sheffield Wednesday, helped the Blades win promotion to the Championship in 2016/17.

"It doesn't do players any good to keep going out on loan," said Walsall manager Darrell Clarke. "But he's got a home now.

"I'm pleased to get Caolan in. He's another piece of the jigsaw. He's experienced and a hard worker, which fits the bill in terms of what I'm after from centre forwards.

"And he knows where the back of the net is."

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<![CDATA[DONE DEAL: Walsall swoop for Sheff Utd forward Lavery]]> <p>League Two Walsall have completed the signing of Sheffield United's Caolan Lavery on an undisclosed-length contract.<br></p><p>The 26 year old Canadian-born striker, who began his career at Sheffield Wednesday, helped the Blades win promotion to the Championship in 2016/17.</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/done-deal-walsall-swoop-for-sheff-utd-forward-lavery-4291869?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BWalsall'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> League Two Walsall have completed the signing of Sheffield United's Caolan Lavery on an undisclosed-length contract.

The 26 year old Canadian-born striker, who began his career at Sheffield Wednesday, helped the Blades win promotion to the Championship in 2016/17.

"It doesn't do players any good to keep going out on loan," said Walsall manager Darrell Clarke. "But he's got a home now.

"I'm pleased to get Caolan in. He's another piece of the jigsaw. He's experienced and a hard worker, which fits the bill in terms of what I'm after from centre forwards.

"And he knows where the back of the net is."

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<![CDATA[Aston Villa boss Dean Smith targets goalkeeper signing]]> <p>Aston Villa boss Dean Smith is in the market for a new goalkeeper.</p><p>The <a href="https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/transfer-news/">Mirror</a><a href="https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/transfer-news/"></a> says Smith wants to cap his 100million spending spree by landing a keeper.</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/aston-villa-boss-dean-smith-targets-goalkeeper-signing-4290506?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BWalsall'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Aston Villa boss Dean Smith is in the market for a new goalkeeper.

The Mirror says Smith wants to cap his 100million spending spree by landing a keeper.

Villa have already backed their manager with 10 signings after winning promotion.

Smith has made no secret that he is looking for a new No.1 and may turn to Cardiff's Neil Etheridge.

Etheridge played under Smith at Walsall and Villa have already had a 9m offer rejected.

Stoke's Jack Butland and Burnley's Tom Heaton have both been on Villa's radar for a while.

But Stoke's 25m valuation on Butland has scared Villa off. And while Burnley price Heaton at a more affordable 7m, the 33-year-old does not offer long-term value.

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<![CDATA[DONE DEAL: Southampton goalkeeper Jack Rose joins Walsall]]> <p>Southampton goalkeeper Jack Rose has signed for League Two club Walsall on a season-long loan.</p><p>Solihull-born Rose, 24, was on West Bromwich Albion's books as a youngster and is new Saddlers boss Darrell Clarke's eighth summer signing.</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/done-deal-southampton-goalkeeper-jack-rose-joins-walsall-4288064?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BWalsall'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Southampton goalkeeper Jack Rose has signed for League Two club Walsall on a season-long loan.

Solihull-born Rose, 24, was on West Bromwich Albion's books as a youngster and is new Saddlers boss Darrell Clarke's eighth summer signing.

Rose has made nine English Football League appearances, in two previous short-term loans at Accrington Stanley (2014-15) and Crawley Town (2015-16).

He will work under new Walsall goalkeeping coach Maik Taylor.

"I am over the moon to be with Walsall for the season," said Rose. "I am very excited to work under Maik Taylor, I used to watch him as a young lad when he was playing (at Birmingham City).

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<![CDATA[DONE DEAL: Walsall sign Everton midfielder Jack Kiersey]]> <p>Walsall have signed former Everton midfielder Jack Kiersey on a short-term deal after his contract expired at the Premier League club.</p><p>The 20-year-old joined the Toffees aged 10, progressed through the academy and became a regular for the Under-23s.</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/done-deal-walsall-sign-everton-midfielder-jack-kiersey-4287229?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BWalsall'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Walsall have signed former Everton midfielder Jack Kiersey on a short-term deal after his contract expired at the Premier League club.

The 20-year-old joined the Toffees aged 10, progressed through the academy and became a regular for the Under-23s.

Kiersey becomes Darrell Clarke's fifth signing for the Saddlers, after the arrivals of Stuart Sinclair, James Clarke, James Hardy and Elijah Adebayo.

"I want to play league football," Kiersey said.

"It's a big club and Darrell Clarke is a good manager with young players, so I was eager to get here."

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<![CDATA[DONE DEAL: Tranmere Rovers sign Aston Villa winger Blackett-Taylor among four additions]]> <p>Tranmere Rovers have signed defenders Calum Woods and Sid Nelson and wingers Kieron Morris and Corey Blackett-Taylor.</p><p>Woods, 32, who was released by Bradford City in May, joins on a one-year deal.</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/done-deal-tranmere-rovers-sign-aston-villa-winger-blackett-taylor-among-four-additions-4286624?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BWalsall'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Tranmere Rovers have signed defenders Calum Woods and Sid Nelson and wingers Kieron Morris and Corey Blackett-Taylor.

Woods, 32, who was released by Bradford City in May, joins on a one-year deal.

Centre-back Nelson, 23, has agreed a two-year contract after being on loan at Tranmere from Millwall in the second half of last season.

Also making a permanent switch on a two-year deal are Morris, 25, and Blackett-Taylor, 21.

Morris was previously on loan from Walsall, while Blackett-Taylor came through the youth ranks at Aston Villa.

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<![CDATA[Offers flood in for released Newcastle defender Stefan O'Connor]]> <p>Released Newcastle United defender Stefan O'Connor isn't short of offers.</p><p>The Evening Chronicle says the 22-year-old defender was released by Newcastle this week but is reported to already have interest from the EFL.</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/offers-flood-in-for-released-newcastle-defender-stefan-o-connor-4284225?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BWalsall'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Released Newcastle United defender Stefan O'Connor isn't short of offers.

The Evening Chronicle says the 22-year-old defender was released by Newcastle this week but is reported to already have interest from the EFL.

Walsall, Blackpool, Coventry and Fleetwood are said to be battling to sign the free agent.

O'Connor joined the Magpies from Arsenal in 2017.

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<![CDATA[​Walsall confirm Ronan return to Wolves]]> <p>Walsall are sending Connor Ronan back to Wolves after his loan spell is complete.<br></p><p>The 20-year-old played 15 times for the Saddlers since arriving in the summer.</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/walsall-confirm-ronan-return-to-wolves-4263199?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BWalsall'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Walsall are sending Connor Ronan back to Wolves after his loan spell is complete.

The 20-year-old played 15 times for the Saddlers since arriving in the summer.

But he only started eight games, with the last one being in early November.

Walsall boss Dean Keates did not feel it was necessary to keep Ronan till the end of the season.

A Walsall statement read: "Walsall FC can confirm that midfielder Connor Ronan has returned to parent club Wolves.

"We would like to thank Connor for his efforts during his time with the club and wish him all the best for the future."

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<![CDATA[Chelsea? Spartak? Why fans can be sure Aston Villa a John Terry priority]]> <p>COMMENT: One thing Aston Villa fans can be sure of: this is the job John Terry wanted.</p><p>Accepting his first post in management as Dean Smith's assistant was no fallback option. Terry had playing offers - very lucrative playing offers. And it was also clear that Chelsea would make room for him to launch the next stage of his football life back 'home'. </p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/chelsea-spartak-why-fans-can-be-sure-aston-villa-a-john-terry-priority-4252198?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BWalsall'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> COMMENT: One thing Aston Villa fans can be sure of: this is the job John Terry wanted.

Accepting his first post in management as Dean Smith's assistant was no fallback option. Terry had playing offers - very lucrative playing offers. And it was also clear that Chelsea would make room for him to launch the next stage of his football life back 'home'.

If it was up to Massimo Carrera, the Spartak Moscow coach, Terry would have been in his back four, alongside Salvatore Bocchetti, for Saturday's win at Yenisey.

As outspoken agent Sandor Varga has declared, Terry "had signed a preliminary contract, passed a medical examination and received a visa" with Spartak, only to pull the plug on the move at the last minute.

"I chose Terry, because I was sure that he would strengthen not only the defence, but also our entire team, given his personality and mentality of a winner," recalled Carrera. "I was sure of this because I spoke with (Antonio) Conte. Antonio confirmed my opinion of Terry."

As for Chelsea, another Italian, Maurizio Sarri, was always eager to make clear Stamford Bridge "is his home" and "of course" a place would be found for Terry on his staff.

But instead of the Bridge, it will be Villa Park where Terry will get his first taste of management. And Bodymoor Heath, not Cobham, will be where the former England captain will kickoff his coaching career in an official capacity.

There's a lot to admire about Terry and the way he's handled things since pulling out of the Spartak move. Rather than hide away, he was back at the Otkritie Arena last week to see and thank club officials for their offer. The two parties, thanks to Terry's gesture, parting on good terms.

Then came Sunday and his retirement announcement. He could've milked it for all it's worth. A media conference. A tour of the talk shows. The demand was there.

Instead, JT posted a succinct post to social media and laid low until this morning's news, as confirmed by Christian Purslow, the Villa chief exec.

Start as you mean to go on? You definitely fancy it, given Terry's actions this week. And one man who will be pleased with what he's seen is the Chelsea great's new boss, Dean Smith.

This can be a great partnership. But it has to be said, there is a fine line. And both men will be aware of it. It is Terry who has the profile. The expectation. And at a club as big and demanding as Villa, it could all implode.

A rocky spell. Some tension with the support. And it won't take long for the calls of Terry to be given the chance to be heard. Smith, now seven years into a management career which has spanned just Walsall and Brentford, will be well aware of this. As will Terry. The onus will be on the former England captain to know his station. If it's to work, the lines cannot be blurred - especially in a media setting.

But this is selling the man short. Terry, as he's shown over the past fortnight, knows how this game works. It's about relationships. And from his actions, he's kicking off this one with Smith on the right foot.

And we shouldn't be surprised. He may not have sought it, but there's been plenty of goodwill and great stories from within the game these past few days since Terry's retirement was confirmed. And we have several of our own, at least from a former columnist with us, 'Die Hard Charlie', who delivered one of our most memorable features some years back on JT and his actions away from the spotlight.

It's well worth a read, with several anecdotes, including one about a distraught, young fan, Evan, who had been crowded out from meeting Terry after one Chelsea game.

"Evan was understandably, and unsurprisingly, upset about this," wrote Charlie. "As the team coach was driving off, JT saw how upset Evan was and STOPPED THE BLOODY TEAM COACH, got off the coach and gave him his captain's armband and got a photo with Evan."

As mentioned, Terry could have immersed himself in all this. Wallowed in it. But that - no matter what certain scribes demand we believe - isn't the man. And that's also why Purslow, who grew to know Terry while director with Chelsea, will feel comfortable installing him alongside Smith.

For this column, for the career he had, for his actions away from the spotlight, Terry deserved a greater send-off. But this retirement has been done his way and on his terms.

And he has the job he coveted. No Villa fan should believe otherwise.


PITARCH - A MAN FOR ALL JOBS

For all the buzz around Dean Smith and John Terry, the third of Aston Villa's new management triumvirate should be the most celebrated.

There will be some doubt about new sporting director Jesus Garcia Pitarch's familiarity with English football - particularly English football outside the Premier League.

But the challenge will be something Pitarch is well capable of meeting. After all, he is a former LaLiga player, a coach, a sporting director with Valencia and Atletico, a former president of Hercules. Oh, and outside of football, he also managed to establish his own law firm.

As a sporting director "he's someone who finds 50m players before they're actually valued as 50m players", so said a long time LaLiga source to this column in a short exchange this morning.

Robert Fernandez, the former Barcelona technical chief, goes further, having worked with Pitarch at Valencia.

"He did an extraordinary job at the Mestalla," said Robert. "He was a complete success. Why? Because he is a guy who is very well prepared at all levels and very intelligent."

Villa fans have plenty to be excited about.

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<![CDATA[DONE DEAL: Walsall land Wolves duo Connor Johnson and Connor Ronan]]> <p>Walsall have signed Wolves duo Connor Johnson and Connor Ronan on loan.</p><p>Midfielder Ronan will stay with the Saddlers until January while defender Johnson joins on a season-long loan.</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/done-deal-walsall-land-wolves-duo-connor-johnson-and-connor-ronan-4246707?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BWalsall'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Walsall have signed Wolves duo Connor Johnson and Connor Ronan on loan.

Midfielder Ronan will stay with the Saddlers until January while defender Johnson joins on a season-long loan.

Republic of Ireland Under-21 international Ronan, 20, has made 13 Wolves appearances and played 16 times on loan at Walsall's League One rivals Portsmouth in 2017-18.

Johnson, also 20, joined Wolves in 2016 and played 10 games on loan at National League North side Telford last season.

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