League One side Walsall have appointed highly-rated young manager Dean Keates from non-league Wrexham. Here are 5 players who he could sign for them in the summer-
Chris Holroyd- The experienced striker was Keates’ top scorer at Wrexham this season with 13 goals so far. He has played in the Football League before for Brighton and Hove Albion, Rotherham United, Preston North End and Morecambe. He could be an option for Walsall in the summer.
Scott Quigley- Keates signed the 25 year-old striker on loan for Wrexham in January from Walsall’s League One rivals Blackpool. He has been in fine form for Wrexham in the National League so far and has scored 7 goals in 8 games. He was prolific in his five year stints with The New Saints in Wales but his move to Blackpool did not work out. Maybe Keates will give him a second chance in League One.
Chris Dunn- The experienced goalkeeper was brought to Wrexham by Keates and made their number one. His contract there is set to expire in the summer and Keates could potentially be tempted to sign him for Walsall as back-up and to put pressure on their first two choices.
Oliver Shenton- The 20 year-old midfielder plays for Premier League side Stoke City but Keates knows him well from having him on loan at Wrexham last season. He is certainly an option for him for next season. The youngster is highly rated by Stoke and they may be keen for him to get some more experience.
Ntumba Massanka- Keates brought the 21 year-old striker to Wrexham twice on loan from Burnley. Massanka has also had loan stints at York City and Morecambe. Could Keates give him the opportunity of a loan spell in League One next season at Walsall.