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Greg Halford Won't Be Offered a Walsall Deal

Darrell Clarke has confirmed that a recent Walsall trialist won't be offered a deal to join the club.
Walsall manager Darrell Clarke has confirmed that he will not be offering a contract to experienced defender Greg Halford, following an extended trial period.

Clarke, who has added five players to his squad over the last few weeks, was keen to take a look at the well-travelled Halford before the Covid-19 lockdown and continued to assess him when training resumed earlier this summer.

However, after adding strength to his backline over the last few weeks the gaffer has revealed that the 35-year-old will not be receiving a deal to stay at the Banks's.

Speaking to the local press ahead of this weekend's Carabao Cup - Round One clash with Sheffield Wednesday, Clarke, when asked about the defender is part of his plans, said; "No. Greg came in and has been great around the place.

"He trialled last year and did a bit of training – I was happy for him to do a bit of training because of the experience he has. But Greg won't be joining us permanently."

Halford, a well-travelled defender who also lists Sheffield United, Brighton & Hove Albion, Rotherham United and Birmingham City among his long list of former clubs, was training with the Saddlers before the Covid-19 pandemic saw the nation put on lockdown.

The 35-year-old, who has not played a competitive game since he made two substitute appearances for Aberdeen in the Scottish Premiership in 2018/19, was keen to prove himself but has ultimately failed to earn a deal.

The Chelmsford-born defender recently revealed that he remained in touch with manager Darrell Clarke over the summer break and even continued to follow the training programme set out by the coaches despite being a free agent.

Despite his clear commitment to earn a deal, and after making appearances over pre-season Clarke has opted to look elsewhere, but was keen to wish him well, even offering him a place in training should he fail to find a deal elsewhere.

The manager continued; "He played very well in Birmingham game to be honest with you.

"He's had one or two injury problems throughout the course of his period with us, so I just thought we had plenty of cover in that area and where I would see him play.

"The door is open further down the line because he is a good lad and an experienced lad – to do a bit of training maybe further down the line when he gets himself fixed up."

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