Devlin Determined to Build Upon Disappointing Debut Season

As he and his teammates continue to build towards their season-opening League One clash with Plymouth Argyle. Walsall defender Nicky Devlin has spoken to club journalists and discussed his desire to build on a somewhat disappointing debut campaign.
24-year-old Devlin, who made thirty-six first-team appearances after joining the club on a free transfer from Scottish side Ayr United last summer, believes that he can use all the experience he gained last season to 'kick on' and help the Saddlers avoid a repeat of their relegation-threatened campaign.

Speaking via the club's official website - - Nicky said; "I'm quite a harsh critic but for the club, and for me personally, last season was probably a wee bit disappointing. Personally, and as a team, we could have done better.

"That’s something we’ll be looking to do this year, and come the end of the season we don’t want to be trying to stay up again. I thought I did alright at times, and I started the season really well, but maybe I didn’t always perform at the level I’m capable of. When I came down, to begin with, I was coming into the unknown. I’d never played a game at any level in England.

"I probably learned more off the pitch about how much you need to do to look after yourself. With there being an extra ten games down here, it requires you to be able to recover quicker. The standard of players are better down here and I’ve had to adapt, but I think I’ll be better for it. Hopefully I can use the experience from last year and kick on as best I can and have a better season personally and with the club."

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