The Football League Paper - - NEWS - By Tim Row­son

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.”

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