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Liam Roberts: 'Being Walsall's Number 1 is a Dream Come True'

As we continue to await the EFL's final decision on whether League Two will come to an end, Walsall goalkeeper Liam Roberts has spoken to the local press and discussed the 'honour' of representing his hometown club.
25-year-old Roberts rose through the ranks at Banks's Stadium, becoming the first goalkeeper in recent memory to graduate from the Academy and then go on to make a first-team appearance,  as he was between the sticks as the Saddlers suffered a three-nil home defeat by Millwall in February 2016.

Despite going on to make over one-hundred club appearances, Roberts, who has battled the likes of Richard O'Donnell and Neil Etheridge for the first-choice spot, insists the novelty of walking out in front of the Saddlers faithful hasn’t worn off.

Speaking to the Express & Star's Saddlers correspondent Liam Keen, Liam said; "It’s an incredible feeling to walk out every single Saturday. The day I got the number one shirt was an incredible feeling as well, to see all the hard work paying off.

"To be the number one for the club is a dream come true and it’s an absolute honour to play for Walsall. There’s great people at the club and with the fans it’s a family, the fans are the 12th man with us.

"They keep us going through tough times and when we’re doing well you can certainly hear them."

Despite club officials and the EFL's continued dither and delay, the 2019/20 League Two season is unlikely to be completed on the pitch and Roberts, who, alongside his teammates has been training from home for the past couple of months, went on to has reflected on the season which has seen him establish his place as number one, ahead of on-loan Southampton stopper Jack Rose.

Liam also revealed that goalkeeping coach Maik Taylor is still able to give him pointers through the wonders of technology, he continued; "I think I started the season well and then had a dip when the gaffer took me out of the squad.

"You have to keep fighting for your position and doing the right things day in, day out. For me, it’s been quite successful but I have to keep playing games and keep improving.

"Right now it’s difficult to get the training in while we’re off, but I have to make sure I do it as we don’t know if the season will return – we have to make sure we’re ready.

"We’ve all been given individual programmes to crack on with at home, we have to record everything on the Strava app and the gaffer is keeping an eye on it. He’s been sending me a few videos for my training.

"But he knows my personality and that I’ll do it anyway, he’s just been sending some pointers across to maintain and go over."

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