Former Oxford United keeper Niall Clayton is currently on trial with League Two side Walsall as reported by Vital Saddlers.
The young stopper didn’t make a senior appearance for the U’s and was released at the end of last season. This afternoon, he’s been named in the Walsall Under 23 side that faced off against Scunthorpe United at Birkdale Park.
Clayton emerged from the Oxford United team last summer, enjoying spells with Thame United, Chesham United and Nabnbury Town. He was later called up to a Wales Under 21 training camp but was let go by Karl Robinson in July.
The Saddlers are experiencing some goalkeeper woes this season, with number one Liam Roberts recently losing his place. Southampton’s Jack Rose, on loan for the season, has taken the number one jersey having previously only played in nine matches during loan spells with Accrington and Crawley.
It seems as though Darrell Clarke is perhaps looking to expand on his choices as his side look to find some form in League Two. They’re currently 21st, just five points off bottom club Morecambe.
Clayton had a tough time for Walsall this afternoon; his side were 3-0 down on the hour mark.
Whilst it’s good to see trial players being given a chance, Niall Clayton isn’t the answer to Walsall’s current issues.
They’ve not settled well in League Two and are currently in serious danger of a relegation battle. They’ll have too much to finish bottom, that’s almost certain, but fans will want to see some serious improvement in results over the coming weeks.