SADDLERS CAN SOAR AGAIN SAYS ASH
ASHLEY HEMMINGS insists Walsall will not live to regret selling their top talent this summer and pointed to his own form as proof.
The winger, often on the fringes last term, has started the season on song – scoring and creating a goal in the Saddlers’ 2-1 League Cup victory over Port Vale on Tuesday.
And the 23-year-old believes the departures of Febian Brandy, Will Grigg and Jamie Paterson to Sheffield United, Brentford and Nottingham Forest respectively have inspired others to find their best form.
The Saddlers were a surprise package last season and Hemmings said:“The fans probably felt when we lost our three biggest players we were not going to have a good season but to be honest nothing has changed. “New players have come in.We have worked hard – we know we can do it. All the players have a great relationship.
“It’s been hard work and believing in myself a bit more, that’s made the difference.
“Last year I did have a little dip and I lost my confidence. But I’ve learned from last season and taken it on board. It is a big season for me. Last season I was playing, but a lot of it was coming off the bench.
“This year I want to make an impact and show everyone what I can do.”