Isaiah Osbourne Enjoying Walsall's Relaxed Atmosphere

Walsall midfielder Isaiah Osbourne has spoken to the press and discussed his belief that the team's strong start to the season is in part down to the freedom to play, with manager Dean Keates keen for players to express themselves.
Osbourne, who returned to the club earlier this month following a season-long spell with Forest Green Rovers, admitted that he is enjoying his second spell at Banks's Stadium, and is already fond of Dean Keates, as the gaffer continues to earn plaudits for his committed style of play.

Isaiah, who was speaking via the Express and Star, said; "I am enjoying it a lot to be honest. He is relaxed, he tells us what we need to do on the pitch. That’s all you can ask for in a manager. I’ve come across managers where if you make a mistake, they are on your case.

"He is not like that. He gives you the freedom and the license to go out there and play. He gives you a chance to express yourself. He is calm and relaxed and when you come across a manager like that it is better for the players. You will get the best from the players being like that."

30-year-old Osbourne then went on to discuss his fitness, revealing that he spent much of the summer working out with his brother and friends, he continued; "My fitness is getting there. The Scunthorpe game was my first in three-and-a-half months. A couple more games and I will be back at it. In pre-season, I was pretty much doing my own training. I did a lot of work with my brother and with friends in the park.

"But games are the big thing. I’m naturally fit but some players take three, four, five games. I give myself one more game and I’ll be back. My best is definitely still to come."
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