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Walsall Squad Urged to Secure a First-Team Place

46-year-old Whitney has discussed the Saddlers' upcoming pre-season campaign and insisted that his squad will be given the chance to impress as they take on a wide variety of opposition.
Walsall manager Jon Whitney, who is yet to complete his first signing of the summer, has spoken to club journalists and unsurprisingly revealed that his current first-team and several members of the club's youth and development squads will be given the platform to impress during pre-season.

Jon, who was speaking via Saddlers.co.uk, sought to concentrate on the chance to gain match fitness rather than secure any sort of winning run, he said; "First of all it’s mainly to get match fitness. I’ve got a certain amount of games that I want the players to play in and a certain amount of minutes to try to aim for. We’ve got some big ties with local clubs - Stafford will be a good game."

The Saddlers will be taking on several local sides along with trips to Chester and Lincoln, where they will take on Jimmy Walker's Lincoln City, Whitney continued; "Chester will be a good tie with our ties - loans and Sharpy being their former assistant manager. Lincoln City is a great one for me to go back to and it’ll be a real challenge leading up to the start of the season. We’ve got a good mixture and some really good under-23 games.

"Steve Harper, who I used to play with at Huddersfield Town, has gone in at Chasetown as first-team coach and he contacted me so we’re giving them a game.

"There’ll be a chance for all my players to prove themselves. I’ll give them all a chance to try to get themselves into my reckoning. They will get opportunities and there will be enough minutes for them. There will be a chance to impress."
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