Brian Dutton Pleased With Walsall Prospects' Work Ethic

Assistant manager and development coach Brian Dutton has urged the Saddlers youngsters to make the most of their match minutes.
Following Walsall's goalless draw with Wolves' Under-23s, Walsall Assistant and Development Coach Brian Dutton spoke to club journalists and urged the Saddlers youngsters seize their chance of making it into the first-team.

With post-coronavirus finances likely to be tight the Saddlers youth team could provide manager Darrell Clarke with several welcome options as he looks to build upon last season's mid-table finish.

Clarke has already fielded a number of prospects in his pre-season sides with the likes of Joe Foulkes and Jayden Campbell both featuring in the recent goalless draw with Wolves Under-23s.

Whilst first-year professionals Sam Perry and Joe Willis will be joining Tom Leak in the battle for first-team coach Dutton admits he has been impressed with their application and believes their strong work ethic will give them the best chance of breaking into the first-team.

Speaking via the club's official website, Brian said; "Credit to the youngsters, they’ve come back fit and they’re pushing themselves.

"It’s always down to the mentality I find, it’s not a case of finding pure talent that will find its way to the top with a click of the fingers without doing the hard miles.

"It’s a case of the young lads applying themselves, preparing themselves and trying to get a first team shirt and keeping it. To do that you’ve got to have an unbelievable work ethic and we’ve got that with this group of players;

"They are all pushing each other, they are all helpful to each other and it is competitive and I’m really pleased we’ve how the youngsters have come through and it’s a bright future hopefully."
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