Elijah Adebayo 'Absolutely Delighted' as Club Extends His Stay

Following the news that Walsall FC had opted to exercise the option of extending his contract by another season, Saddlers striker Elijah Adebayo spoke to club journalists and welcomed the opportunity to remain in WS1.
The 22-year-old enjoyed several loan spells before arriving at Banks’s Stadium on a permanent deal last summer, and the former Fulham front-man revealed that he is ‘absolutely delighted’ to have extended his stay with the club.

Playing for clubs such as Slough Town, Bognor Regis Town, Cheltenham Town, Swindon Town and Stevenage before finding a new permanent home, Elijah was one of many new arrivals last summer and, following a slow start, became one of the breakout players, netting eight goals over thirty-seven appearances.

Despite the season ultimately being curtailed due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, Elijah believes the team was moving in the right direction and is hopeful that the mid-table finish can be built upon when the 2020/21 campaign gets underway.

Speaking via the club's official website, Elijah said; "I’m absolutely delighted to have extended my stay here. With the circumstances that have come at the end of the season when we were looking to carry on building where we came from after new year when we thought we were heading in the right direction.

"I think we were going in the right direction so I am just happy to be part of this group again and hopefully we can go on and achieve more this season. It’s all about taking the next step now but I am delighted to have extended my stay with the club."

The striker scored his first goal in a Saddlers shirt in September 2019 and, as mentioned earlier, finished the season strong with three goals in his last two games, one against Port Vale and a brace against recent Play-Off runners up, Exeter City.

Adebayo, who has formed a strong partnership with fellow striker Josh Gordon, admitted that he was a little bit frustrated how the curtailed campaign ended, but is keen to look to the future as he and his teammates prepare to return to training in the lot-too-distant future.

Elijah continued; "I would have loved to have carried on going the way I was going before lock-down kicked in. I was a bit frustrated at the time but we can’t dwell on the past and we have got to move forward and just be ready for when the season starts again.

"It’s just about bouncing back. You’re always going to have little setbacks but it’s the bouncing back that counts. It was tough at the start and I did think about it a lot. I now know that the focus is on what’s to come.

"I’ve got time now to go and put things right and show what my standard is and carry on where I left off. I think having a settled group will be massive next season because we now know the strengths and weaknesses of everyone.

"It took us a bit of time last season to figure those out at the start of the season and we showed that after we have had time together when training and playing, we start to know what peoples strengths are and where we can use that to hurt  other teams.

"I think that keeping the core team together is another step in the right direction to carry on building relationships all over the pitch.

"I feel like the group has settled and everyone gets on with each other and we are a very tight knit group so it’s just about using that for next season and using it to our advantage."

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