Kory Roberts: "It Feels Good to Be Back in a Saddlers Shirt"

Walsall defender Kory Roberts has spoken following his cameo appearance towards the end of the Saddlers' midweek EFL Trophy -Southern Group D victory over Southampton Under-21s, and admitted he was delighted to make his long awaited return to action.
The Birmingham-born central defender, who has also shown promise at right-back, has not featured for the first-team since July 2018 after he suffered a double leg break during a pre-season clash with Stoke City.

After spending some fourteen months on the sidelines the 21-year-old admitted it felt good to be back in a Saddlers shirt and went on to discuss his belief that he has come back as not only a stronger player, but  stronger person.

Speaking via the club's official website, Kory said; "It feels good to be back in a Saddlers shirt. It’s been a long time coming, just over 14 months it’s been and it feels so good.

"The reception from the fans was amazing. It makes you see how lucky you are because football is my life. Your mind is all over the place.

"Seeing the same four walls in the gym every day is hard but you just have to grind it out because it’s your career at stake. There have been a lot of ups and downs.

"When it first happened it was the worst feeling ever but then throughout the journey there are a lot of different things you go through and it’s only made me stronger as a person."

Kory is now looking to build on his first appearance of the season and has now set himself the target of eventually working his way into the first team as he looks to take on the likes of James Clarke, Dan Scarr, Mat Sadler, and Zak Jules for a place in the first-team.

He continued; "It’s just about pushing my way in. I’m trying to get back into the first team now and play as many games as I can.

"I’ve got to play reserve games to get my match fitness back. It’s going to take time. I want us to keep getting results but I want to push someone out of the team."
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