Yesterday, Walsall announced the signing of 18 year-old Jack Nolan on a permanent deal from Reading.
Nolan seems to be a good prospect, and one that DC has scouted over a period of time, and he clearly likes what he sees. Nolan has been part of the Reading set-up for a number of years, although he has not made the breakthrough at Championship level. He has featured for the reserves and in a handful of Premier League 2 matches. He also has played for the England U-17’s and scored the winner against Germany in a friendly.
I am pleased with the signing, but also wary. He needs time, and gently being introduced into the team. I hope that he gets a few substitute appearances, and maybe the odd start later in the season. I think that Jack will be a player more prominent for us next season. Signing him now gives us the chance to start integrating him into the team and get him up to speed in league football. Minutes under his belt, and training with the team now, gives us extra time to mould him ready for the start of the 20/21 season. I am wary that he follows the route of Kiersey. Kiersey signed with a similar potential and background, the flip side is that Kiersey suffered with injury.
DC confirmed at last night’s fans forum that he will slowly be integrating him into the team, but that patience will be needed with him as he is only 18 with no league experience. DC spoke very highly saying that he was talented, and had a very good attitude.
Jack seems to be a player hungry to play football, and judging by the comments on the Reading pages, they are sad to see him leave, which is a testament to his potential. We need to be patient with him. Nolan clearly is talented, but he will need time to get used to league football. For me, as long as he wears the shirt with pride and passion, and gives his all for the club, I will be happy.
Over the years we have seen a lot of players sign, and happily sit and pick-up a payslip. DC is trying to sign players who at the very least, give their all when they play, and that is what we need to see with Jack and with any other new signings. We wish Jack the best of luck with his time here and we hope to see him out on the pitch soon.