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PAPER TALK: O'Donnell Isn't Irreplaceable

Walsall Football Club vice-Captain Paul Downing has spoken to the local press about the protracted contract negotiations between the club and first-choice goalkeeper Richard O'Donnell, and has insisted that O'D is not irreplaceable.
Walsall Football Club vice-Captain Paul Downing has spoken to the local press about the protracted contract negotiations between the club and first-choice goalkeeper Richard O'Donnell, and has insisted that O'D is not irreplaceable.

Speaking to the Walsall Advertiser, Paul said; "O'D's obviously been one of our best players during the period he's been here and it would be nice if he stayed.

"But with Neil Cutler at the club, he will always have a list of names to replace him. It will be good if he does stay but we will have to move on if he doesn't.

"It's important that we have a solid, reliable number one keeper but I am sure the club will be looking to get that sorted with either Richard signing or with a replacement.


"Andy Butler was obviously a miss for the club because he wasn't just a good player on the pitch, he was a good leader off the pitch as well. But with the clean sheets and the number of goals we've kept out, it shows you can move on.

"You want to limit the number of players leaving but in a way it shows that we are doing something right – when players are leaving, it means they are playing well and that the team is playing well more often than not.

"We would like to keep our best players but it sometimes out of our control so you have to just get on with it as there is always the next player underneath to take their place."
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