Walsall star’s future remains uncertain as Clarke take firm stance

Walsall manager Darrell Clarke has admitted striker Andy Cook could leave the club this summer, following relegation from League One.

Cook hit 18 goals last season, but couldn’t keep the Saddlers in League One. They dropped out on the final day after being dragged into the relegation battle.

Former Bristol Rovers manager Clarke has now taken the helm and will look to help push them back to where they belong, but he can’t promise it will be with the services of former Tranmere striker Cook.

He’s allegedly attracted the interest of a number of clubs and Walsall will be braced for bids.

“I will sit down and have a chat with Andy,” Clarke told the Express and Star.

“But having interest in one of my players is nothing I haven’t seen before. That is football. When you score goals, you are going to have interest from other football clubs.

“What I will say is – and I’ve always worked like this – if players don’t want to be here, they will be gone. I will get the best price for them and out they go, simple as that.”

Cook made his name with Tranmere, having also been at Grimsby and Barrow in the National League. He’s drawn comparisons with James Norwood, another prolific non-league striker who made the step up to the EFL with ease.

Our View

If I were in charge of a League One club, I’d be looking at Cook. He’s a born goal scorer and in a better side, would have cracked 20 or 25 goals.

He sniffs out chances, works hard and has a huge resale value if a club can get him for the right price.

Walsall will need him, or someone like him next season so Saddlers fans will hope that he’ll stay at the club.


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