Walsall’s Liam Roberts has told the Express and Star that he is still incredibly proud to be playing for his hometown club every week.

The 25-year-old goalkeeper came through the Walsall academy but he had to wait some time before getting a taste of first-team football. He ended up going out on loan to several times such as Gresley, Rainworth Miners Welfare and Chester before finally getting a run in the Walsall first team.

But once he got that spot, he didn’t let go and has now been the Saddlers main man in between the sticks for three years now. He has especially impressed this season with some of his performances. Even though Roberts has been a regular for Walsall for many years now, he has said that he still gets an incredible feeling every time he goes out in front of the fans at the Banks’s Stadium.

Roberts said: “It’s an incredible feeling to walk out every single Saturday. The day I got the number one shirt was an incredible feeling as well, to see all the hard work paying off.

“To be the number one for the club is a dream come true and it’s an absolute honour to play for Walsall.

“There’s great people at the club and with the fans it’s a family, the fans are the 12th man with us.

“They keep us going through tough times and when we’re doing well you can certainly hear them.”

Walsall’s season was ended early due to the Coronavirus pandemic and will have to wait until August to play their next competitive game.

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