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Friday 26 Jul 2019
NI U21 attacker Rory Holden agrees loan deal with Walsall

Northern Ireland under-21 international Rory Holden has joined League Two outfit Walsall on a season-long loan from Bristol City.

The former Derry City player, who had been on a pre-season training camp with the Saddlers before the completion of the move, admitted he was delighted to have finally signed on the dotted line for the Midlands side. 

Speaking to said: “I’m buzzing to be here and to finally get the move over the line.

“I am a winger who likes to get on the ball and create chances for other players and try and chip in with a few goals.

“The week away (in Poland) with the group was perfect for me,” added the 21-year-old. “The boys really helped me settle in because they’re a really open and honest group.

“It is the perfect time for me to come out on loan to help me develop as a player.

“The manager wants me to go out on the pitch and just express myself, gain some experience in the Football League and to try and excite the fans.”

Holden is Walsall’s 13th close-season signing and boss Darrell Clarke said: “Rory is a left-footed wide player and that’s his best position in a 4-3-3, coming inside onto his left foot.

“We’ve worked with him now for a couple of weeks and had a good look at him. His attitude has been spot on and he came on the Poland trip and played very well in the game out there.

“I know (Bristol City manager) Lee Johnson has spoken highly of him and he gives me different options for a different formation.”

The diminutive winger moved to Bristol City from his local club Derry City in the summer of 2017 and he signed a two-year extension to his contract at Ashton Gate last month.

He has yet to make his debut for the Robins but he has tasted first-team football whilst on loan at non-league Barrow and in the latter half of last season with Rochdale.