On loan defender Connor Johnson is excited about what the season could bring for him as he spends time away from parent club Wolves.
The 20-year old moved to the Bescot on Deadline Day after featuring ten times on loan at National League North side Telford last season.
“It is a great opportunity for me,” he told the club’s official website. “If I can come in and get as many minutes under my belt as possible and try to bring something to the team then that’s good for me. It is very different coming out on loan. I have been with Wolves for about four years now so I have been in my comfort zone there because you get to know everyone and you know how it all works. It is good to come out and meet different people and find different ways of playing.”
He made his Walsall debut in the EFL Trophy win against Burton Albion recently, coming off after 86 minutes of a challenging 2-1 win. That is the only competition in which he’s pulled on Wolves colours too, appearing five times for their Under 23 side in 2016/17.
He’s looking to improve on a disciplinary record that saw him booked eight times and sent off once during his Telford spell.
This is the best way for young players to get experience, not by having B teams but by going out on loan in the senior game and learning the ropes the hard way.
Johnson has a way to go yet though, his Telford spell was decent but not outstanding. It’s big jump from playing Blyth Spartans to facing Barnsley.