Walsall have held “positive” contract talks with winger Wes McDonald.

The 22-year-old’s deal expires next month and he is attracting interest from Kilmarnock and Southend United.

McDonald joined the Saddlers on a free transfer and has since made 14 appearances for Darrell Clarke’s side in all competitions.

He started his career with spells as a youngster at Fulham and Crystal Palace before joining Birmingham City in 2013.

McDonald never made a senior appearance for the Blues and had loan spells away at Nuneaton Town and Solihull Moors before joining Yeovil Town in 2018. He was released by the Glovers at the end of last season and was handed a route back into League Two by Walsall.

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The Saddlers’ assistant manager Brian Dutton, as per a report by the Express and Star: “We’re in dialogue with Wes at the moment. Obviously he loves playing here, he loves playing for the club and we’d love to keep him. It’s positive dialogue at the moment but without anything substantial there.” 

McDonald’s performances have been inconsistent so far this term but Dutton believes he can become a big player for the club: “That’s Wes McDonald in a nutshell, he’ll frustrate the manager in the first half performance when he’s not keeping possession and he’s giving it away cheaply.”

“But the flip side of it is, the one time that he brings the quality to the table, he’ll kill teams. He’s showed how good he can be and the potential there. He’s obviously a great player and he’s brimming with confidence. The fans love him, we love him, and hopefully he can kick on.”