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Marcus Stewart Keen to Add Experience During Walsall's Summer of Recruitment

Walsall assistant coach Marcus Stewart, who recently joined the Saddlers alongside fellow former Bristol City coach Brian Dutton - linking up with former Pirates boss Darrell Clarke, has spoken to club journalists and discussed his plans for the upcoming summer of recruitment.

46-year-old Stewart, a well-travelled former striker with over 650 professional appearances and almost two-hundred goals to his name, joined the club as a replacement for the departing Andy Davies and is no stranger to a relegation rebuild having overseen a similar situation at the Memorial Ground.

Marcus, who played for the likes of Bristol Rovers, Huddersfield Town, Ipswich Town and Sunderland during a twenty-year playing career, believes the key to the Saddlers' success could rely upon the recruitment of a few experienced heads as the club looks to regroup following the disappointing drop to League Two.

Speaking via the club's official website, Marcus said; "It happened a couple of years ago when we were with Bristol Rovers and we went down from League Two to the Conference.

"A lot of players were out of contract so it gave us the opportunity to bring players in that were hungry and wanted to succeed and it’s not too dissimilar here.

"There were plenty out of contract and then there are a few young lads who are still in contract who are a good age, 23, 24 and 25. That is a good age but we know we need a few experienced players – they are the most important ones to bring in.

"They’re the type of players that if you get the right ones, they can drive the group when you’re not around and add value in different ways.

"We know what we have to bring in with those guys but over the next three or four weeks, we have got to get a few players in. It’s a clean slate and the right people will come in, that’s for sure."

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