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Walsall Were 'Unable to Guarantee' Liam Roberts a Starting Spot

Matthew Taylor has insisted the departure of Walsall's longest-serving player was mutually agreed.
Liam Roberts has joined Northampton Town.
Following the news that goalkeeper Liam Roberts had left the club in favour of a switch to Northampton Town, Walsall head coach Matthew Taylor spoke to club journalists and wished him well.

The move, which is subject to an undisclosed compensation agreement, will see 26-year-old Liam leave the club eight years after he progressed through the ranks to sign professional terms in 2013.

The Walsall-born stopper, who was released at the end of the 2013/14 campaign before agreeing a new deal later that summer, is a product of the club's academy and made 149 first-team appearances following his first team debut in 2016.

Before securing first-team football on a more regular basis, Liam also enjoyed loan spells with the likes of Romulus, Rushall Olympic, Rainworth Miners Welfare, Southport, Gresley Rovers, Rugby Town, and Chester.

Speaking via the club's official website as news of Liam's departure broke, Matthew Taylor revealed that he was unable to guarantee the 'keeper a starting spot, leading to both parties agreeing a move was in the interest of both parties.

Taylor, who has already added four players to his squad so far this summer, said; "We were unable to guarantee Liam a starting spot, so we took the decision, along with Liam, that it was best for him to seek another challenge.
 
"He's been at the football club for a long time, and he goes with our best wishes.
 
"The main thing for us now is to focus on recruiting players and working with players that want to be part of what we're trying to build this season."

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