Rory Holden Keen to Contribute as Clarke Keeps the Faith

Walsall's on-loan Bristol City midfielder Rory Holden has spoken to the local press and thanked Saddlers manager Darrell Clarke for sticking with him as he continues to learn more about himself during his first real spell of consistent first-team football.
22-year-old Holden has made twenty first-team appearances since arriving at Banks's Stadium over the summer, far more than he managed during loan spells with Barrow and Rochdale, offering him something of a steep learning curve.

Derry-born Holden has divided opinion since arriving in WS1, with the versatile prospect able to switch between a variety of positions across defence, midfield, and attack. However, Holden failed to register a single goal or assist in his first seven appearances for the club.

Along with picking up an assist during the 3-2 away win over Crawley Town, Rory has gone on to secure three assists in six games. And, although he is yet to get among the goals, the midfielder is pleased to be contributing to the cause.

Speaking via the Express & Star, Rory said; "I'm enjoying it. The lads have been great and the fans as well. I'm learning every day and gaining experience game by game. I want to play as many games as possible and play as many games as I can.

"In the last few games I feel as if I've done well and created chances for everybody. I'm just happy. Having a manager like Darrell Clarke who believes in me is very beneficial for my career.

"I feel as if he's been a bit patient with me but I feel that now he's getting more out of me every game. I want to kick on now. I just want to contribute as much as possible. With both assists and goals or just helping the team.

"I think I'm versatile but I'd say my favourite position is in midfield but I can do a job anywhere really. I'll do whatever I need for the team."
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