Liam Kinsella 'Really Enjoying' Working With Darrell Clarke Liam Kinsella 'Really Enjoying' Working With Darrell Clarke
Liam Kinsella 'Really Enjoying' Working With Darrell Clarke

Liam Kinsella 'Really Enjoying' Working With Darrell Clarke

As he and his teammates continue to prepare for their season-opening clash with Northampton Town, Walsall midfielder Liam Kinsella has spoken to the press and admitted that last season's relegation ruined his summer.
Despite going unbeaten for the opening weeks of the campaign, the Saddlers ultimately failed to find consistent form and soon saw a twelve-year association with the third tier of English football come to an end with a final-day draw against Shrewsbury Town.

But now 23-year-old Kinsella, who recently penned a new two-year deal with his boyhood club despite attracting interest from clubs higher in the pyramid, is hoping he can play a key role in what he believes will be a new and successful era under Darrell Clarke at Banks’s Stadium.

Since his appointment earlier this summer, the new manager has seen thirteen players depart and eleven new signings arrive as he looks to rebuild the team following the drop to League Two.

And Kinsella admitted that said his heart was set on staying after just one conversation with the new boss.

Speaking via the Express & Star, Liam said; "Relegation is not nice – it ruined my summer. I spoke with the gaffer before I went away on holiday and as soon as I had that conversation I knew I was going to sign when I got back.

"When you get relegated, you want to bounce back straight away. The gaffer has come in and he is a winner, you can see that from his CV. And he wants to make us a winning team.

"He wants us to go into every game believing we can win it. It’s enjoyable and I’m really enjoying working under him."

Liam, who was part of the 22-man Walsall squad which enjoyed a pre-season trip to Poznan in Poland and included a friendly clash with I Liga side Odra Opole on Tuesday, believes the trip has helped the team to bond ahead of the new campaign.

Colchester-born Kins continued; "I think everyone can see we are bonding on and off the pitch, we are really enjoying our football. Poland has been really important.

"We have spent four days together, it gives you that extra opportunity to get to know each other and that is what we did. Everyone has enjoyed it. We got the win against Odra Opole, we’ve won the last two friendlies now.

"We have got that winning feeling and that is what we want in the camp. Each game we are going into feeling like we have a great chance of winning and that is the mentality we want next season."
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