LIGHTBOURNE - "OPEN TO SADDLERS RETURN" LIGHTBOURNE - "OPEN TO SADDLERS RETURN"
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LIGHTBOURNE - "OPEN TO SADDLERS RETURN"

Former Walsall striker Kyle Lightbourne, who recently completed a brief coaching spell with the club, has once again reiterated his desire to join the Saddlers coaching staff on a permanent basis.
Former Walsall striker Kyle Lightbourne, who recently completed a brief coaching spell with the club, has once again reiterated his desire to join the Saddlers coaching staff on a permanent basis.

Speaking to The Royal Gazette Lightbourne said, if finances permit he would "love to rejoin the club in a coaching capacity.

Kyle, who currently coaches Bermudan side, Robin Hood also spoke positively of his brief coaching spell, saying, "It really went well, but it’s disappointing the team didn't make it to the playoffs. In the end it was probably too many draws for them. When I got there they won the Coventry game 4-0 and they only lost one game, the last game of the season against Crewe while the rest were draws (Sheffield Wednesday, Scunthorpe and Bury, all 1-1)."

Walsall finished ninth in the League one tables, just outside the play-off places, but it was a good turnaround for the club after sitting in 18th place in December.

"My position was a coach and I used to take the sessions at times and coached the reserves as well,” Lightbourne said of his role. “I was more sitting in the stands and looking at it from a different angle for the manager and used to train the forwards as well."

"It was quite intense, in early and finishing quite late, especially if there were reserve games in the evening. We had about eight reserve games during that time, about two a week to catch up. They definitely needed extra hands at that time. Speaking with the manager he definitely enjoyed me being there."

"People still remember me there, people saw me going on the field for the warm-ups before the game and certain fans were singing my name,” said Lightbourne. “It’s a very friendly club and being there was an opportunity for me to grow as a coach as well. I felt I learnt a lot of things about myself on this trip.”

Bescot Banter interviewed Kyle last year, that interview can be read HERE.
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