Dan Scarr Credits Non-League Football With Shaping His Style of Play Dan Scarr Credits Non-League Football With Shaping His Style of Play
Dan Scarr Credits Non-League Football With Shaping His Style of Play

Dan Scarr Credits Non-League Football With Shaping His Style of Play

Walsall defender Dan Scarr has spoken ahead of this weekend's Emirates FA Cup - First Round clash between the Saddlers and National League North side Darlington, and insisted his time in non-league football helped him to develop as a player.
Scarr, a former Worcester City scholar, enjoyed non-league spells with Causeway United, Redditch United, and Stourbridge before joining Birmingham City in 2017, and believes his time playing against a variety of opponents helped him to develop quickly.

The 24-year-old enjoyed a loan spell with Wycombe Wanderers, making twenty-six appearances, before linking up with the Saddlers for an undisclosed fee in January 2019, and is keen to add to his wealth of experience as he continues to learn his trade.

Speaking via the Express & Star, Dan said; "When I was playing non-league I used to come up against strikers who had just dropped down from the league or the Conference and the teams we were playing against had a lot of money.

"Big players were dropping out so that period was a good stepping stone for me because I played against a lot of experienced lads to learn my trade quickly. When I came to League Two with Wycombe Wanderers, then Blues and here, it stands you in good stead.

"You learn every game you play, you’re always coming up against different opposition and strikers so you have to try and suss out what players are doing. It’s a learning curve every game. I always want to try and play my best and help the team as best we can.

"I’m enjoying playing but when you’re not picking up results you forget that you are playing well and you just focus on what you need to improve on. At the moment we’re trying to work hard, the partnerships have changed but whoever is in is trying to put a shift in."

Scarr, who despite making over one-hundred-and-fifty career appearances is one of the younger less experienced players in the Walsall squad, admits that playing alongside veterans such as Gary Liddle, Mat Sadler, and Stuart Sinclair is helping him to further develop his game.

Dan, who has made seventeen first-team appearances so far this season, continued; "You want to play well and take each game as it comes. It’s nice to get a run of games and try to improve day by day.

"I trust the gaffer in what he does and we have a good relationship and hopefully he knows what he’ll get out of me when I do play.

"I’ll always give it one-hundred per-cent, organise and defend as well as I can. If something doesn’t go well we try and have a chat about it. I talk to Sads a lot about things, say it was positional we’ll have a little chat and I have a lot of respect for the experience and for their help."
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