Championship and League One clubs are keeping tabs on Walsall defender Liam Kinsella.

The highly-rated 22-year-old will be out of contract at the end of the season meaning he can leave the Saddlers on a free transfer, according to HITC Sport.

Kinsella has impressed for Dean Keates’ side in this campaign and has played 26 games in all competitions. Walsall are currently 17th in League One and three points above the relegation zone.

Their fans will be hoping they can tie Kinsella down on a new and longer contract but there is reportedly no deal on the table as of yet.

Kinsella was born in England but has represented Republic of Ireland at youth level. He made two caps for their Under-19’s and was called up to the Under-21’s in September 2016. He is eligible for Ireland through his father, ex-Charlton Athletic and Aston Villa midfielder Mark Kinsella, who gained 48 caps in his playing days.

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He joined Walsall when he was eight years-old and rose through the youth ranks at the Bescot Stadium. The defender, who can also play in midfield if needed, made his first-team debut for the Saddlers in a league game against Bradford City in August 2014.

Kinsella has since established himself in their senior squad and is now a key player. However, with his contract running down, Walsall run the risk of losing him for nothing with some Championship and fellow third tier sides closely monitoring the situation.