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Liam Roberts Taking Nothing For Granted in Battle to Secure a Starting Spot

Saddlers stopper Liam Roberts, who made twenty-eight first-team appearances last season, has spoken to the local press and insisted that he is taking nothing for granted as he prepares to battle recent-arrival Chris Dunn for the number 1 shirt.

The Walsall-born 23-year-old is expected to be named as the Saddlers' number 1 following a season which saw him oust former first-choice Mark Gillespie, who has since joined Motherwell, from the starting line-up to become a fan favourite after entering several superb displays.

Despite coming off a successful campaign the former academy graduate insisted that he is nothing for granted as he has been joined in training by former Wrexham stopper Chris Dunn, who recently became the latest former Red Dragon to follow manager Dean Keates down the M6.

Speaking via the Express & Star, Liam said; "I’ve not thought about getting the number one shirt. I’ve just made sure I’ve worked hard during pre-season so I can come back and hit the ground running. I’m coming back ready to fight for my place. That’s all I’ve ever done and that’s what I’ll do again. We have brought in Chris Dunn so there is competition there. I’m determined to come in and hit the ground running. I’ll be doing everything I can to win a place in the side."

The stopper then went on to talk about what he has done over the summer break, revealing that after taking a two-week holiday, he has been working on his fitness, even before this weeks' return to training, he continued; "Mentally last season was very tough. We got that point at Bradford which got us safe and settled the nerves for the final day. But there were 44 games before that Bradford match. To have so much riding on those games at the end of the season, it was tough. So I had two weeks to rest my body. But then I started to gradually build things up and do more fitness work.

"You want to come back flying for the start of pre-season. It’s always tough, but if you can tick over and do as much as you can when you are off, it helps you to be prepared. I’ve been working every other day. I’ve done a bit, then had a rest day and that really helps you keep ticking over."

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