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Last Updated: Friday, 26 September, 2003, 16:46 GMT 17:46 UK
Baird in loan move to Walsall
Chris Baird comes from Rasharkin in Northern Ireland
Chris Baird has not featured for Southampton this season

Walsall have completed the signing of Southampton's Chris Baird on a one-month loan deal.

The 21-year-old Northern Ireland international hit the headlines towards the end of last season when handed a starting berth for the FA Cup final defeat to Arsenal just six days after having made his full Premiership debut.

Baird, who can also operate in midfield as well as his preferred right-back role, has yet to feature for Saints so far this season but has been added to the Saddlers squad which hosts Preston this weekend.

The Saddlers have also confirmed the impending arrival of Portsmouth midfielder Gary O'Neil.

The 20-year-old has found first-team football hard to come by at Pompey where his one appearance so far this season came in the 5-2 Carling Cup victory over Northampton on Tuesday.

O'Neil had previously been linked with loan switches to Stoke and Rotherham, who had even gone so far as to order his kit.

But O'Neil, in the Portsmouth squad for the game at Birmingham on Saturday, had a last-minute change of heart and has instead joined the Saddlers for a month.



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26 Sep 03  |  English Div 1



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