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Kick-Off: In This Week's Column...

Kick-Off: In This Week's Column...

Launched in the summer of 2015, 'Kick-Off', which is joined by its sister publication 'Final Whistle', is packed with news, views, opinion and features from all the major clubs across the region.

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Dean Keates: 'We Need Something to Build Upon'

Dean Keates: 'We Need Something to Build Upon'

The Saddlers sit just two points above the relegation zone and arrive at this weekend's match on the back of four league defeats and in desperate need of points to move them away from danger as the opportunities to get the campaign back on track continue to run out.

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Dean Keates: "I Can Understand Fans Getting Frustrated"

Dean Keates: "I Can Understand Fans Getting Frustrated"

The Saddlers, who started the season among the better performing teams in the league, have won just four of their last twenty-one league games and, with just sixteen games remaining, have to begin to make the most of their opportunities as relegation is still a very big possibility.

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Dean Keates Working on Transfers as Deadline Day Looms

Dean Keates Working on Transfers as Deadline Day Looms

Keates, who has already added Matt Jarvis, Omar Mussa, Scott Laird, Cameron Norman, and Dan Scarr to his squad so far this month, is believed to be keen to add another striker to take the goal-scoring pressure off Andy Cook and boost his teams' hopes of avoiding being added to the relegation dogfight.

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Kieron Morris: Walsall Winger Linked With Tranmere Rovers

Morris, who has struggled to break into Saddlers manager Dean Keates' first-team plans over recent weeks, is said to be a major target for League Two outfit Tranmere Rovers with the Prenton Park side keen to land the winger on loan.

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Dean Keates Hits Back at 'Horrific' Social Media Abuse

The Saddlers, who aren't in action this weekend due to their FA Cup - Third Round defeat to Bolton Wanderers, have endured a poor run of form over recent weeks - putting them near the foot of the League One form table and perilously close to the battle to beat the drop.

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Dean Keates Offers Praise For 'Eager' Dan Scarr

Dean Keates Offers Praise For 'Eager' Dan Scarr

Keates, who has added the likes of Cameron Norman, Scott Laird, Omar Mussa, and Matt Jarvis to his squad during the January Transfer Window, believes that 24-year-old Scarr is the right sort of player to join the side, bringing both desire and strength to the team, with plenty of scope for improvement.

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Dean Keates Hoping to Unearth Another Non-League Gem

Dean Keates Hoping to Unearth Another Non-League Gem

Keates, who has already added Cook and Morgan Ferrier from the National League so far this season, admitted that he doesn't have the finances to go out and buy anybody he wants and is concentrating his search on players who have learned their trade in non-league football.

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Dean Keates Backs Andy Cook to Keep On Scoring

Dean Keates Backs Andy Cook to Keep On Scoring


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28-year-old Cook, who bagged a hat-trick against Gillingham at the weekend, was able to grab another goal during Tuesday's 2-1 defeat to Plymouth Argyle as he kept his concentration and bounced back from missing something of a sitter earlier in the game by bagging a superb solo goal to give the Saddlers a glimmer of hope.

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Keates Keen to Add to His Attacking Line Before Deadline Day

Keates, who has already added Omar Mussa, Matt Jarvis, Scott Laird, Cameron Norman, and Dan Scarr to his squad this month, is keen to take the pressure off top-scorer Andy Cook and add players to his attacking line, whilst also calling upon current crop to step up to the plate.

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Andy Cook Hopes Hat-Trick Will Be a Catalyst For Change

Andy Cook Hopes Hat-Trick Will Be a Catalyst For Change


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Cook, who joined the club from Tranmere Rovers over the summer, has now hit fifteen all-competition goals in a Saddlers shirt and hopes that he and his teammates can use the victory over the Gills as a platform to get their season back on track.

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Keates 'Optimistic' as He Looks to Add to His Squad Ahead of Gillingham Clash

The manager, who has already signed Norwich City winger Matt Jarvis on loan and KV Mechelen midfielder Omar Mussa on a short-term deal this month, is said to be in the market for defenders as the Saddlers are somewhat threadbare at the back following the departures of Jack Fitzwater and Russell Martin.

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Keates Confirms Walsall Missed Out on Defensive Signing

Keates, who has seen West Brom defender Jack Fitzwater return to his parent club, and ex-Norwich City centre back Russell Martin decide to end his time in the West Midlands, has only four recognised defenders at his disposal and is keen to add experience to his backline before the Transfer Window closes at the end of the month.

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Dean Keates Making Progress in Bid to Add Strength to His Squad

Dean Keates Making Progress in Bid to Add Strength to His Squad

Keates, who has already added Norwich City winger Matt Jarvis and KV Mechelen midfielder Omar Mussa to his squad, admitted that he needs to add more players over the coming weeks but is often forced to play the waiting game as the Saddlers are unable to compete financially but can offer the prospect of regular football.

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Dean Keates Admits January is a Massive Month For Walsall FC

Dean Keates Admits January is a Massive Month For Walsall FC

Keates, who has seen his side struggle for form over recent weeks, is keen to add to his squad during the January Transfer Window, but insisted that he will only be signing players who can fit in with the current crop as he looks to get his side heading back towards the top-half of the table.

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