Luke Leahy Working Hard to Keep His Place in Walsall's Starting Line-Up

Walsall defender Luke Leahy, who has made forty-eight appearances since joining the club from Falkirk last summer, has spoken to the local press and discussed his desire to become an established League One left-back.
25-year-old, Coventry-born defender has amassed twelve assists over the course of the season and quickly established himself as the club's first-choice left-back, but he insists he must continue to work hard if he is to retain a place in the side.

Luke, who was speaking via the Express & Star, said; "I’m loving it here, I’ve started every game which I really didn’t expect with it being my first season down here. I’ve not been injured which is down to preparation and doing the right things.

"I’ve really enjoyed the experience and the highs and lows but we know we have to end the season by staying in League One. That is the only thing that matters now. I was signed as a wing-back and I’m used to playing there. I had played full-back before but I was expecting us to play 3-5-2.

"I feel I’ve matured a lot as a player. I’m learning when to go and when not to go attacking wise. And also when to cover the centre-half. I want to keep playing every game and become an established left-back in this league."

The defender, who has been at the centre of plenty of criticism for defensive errors over the course of the season, then went on to admit that the better part of his game comes when in attack, he continued; "I’d say the best part of my game is going forward. If we are playing a diamond, like we did against Bury, then the width has to come from the full-backs. I’m up and down every game doing a lot of running and I enjoy that. That’s my game – energy, coming onto the ball finding the strikers’ feet and getting balls into the box."
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