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Walsall sign Barnsley winger Martin Devaney on loan

Martin Devaney
Martin Devaney has spent most of his career at Cheltenham and Barnsley

Struggling Walsall have made a second loan signing in two days by bringing in Barnsley midfielder Martin Devaney.

The 30-year-old has made more than 150 appearances for the Tykes, but has played just three times this season.

Delaney's arrival follows the signing of defender Andrew Davies from Stoke City on Wednesday.

Both players are expected to make their debut for the League One backmarkers Walsall against Exeter City at the Bescot Stadium this Saturday.

Walsall have lost seven out of their last eight matches in all competitions, a run that has seen Chris Hutchings' side drop to the foot of League One.

And the much-travelled Davies is already looking forward to the challenge of lifting the Saddlers up the table, as well as resurrecting his own career.

Despite having not yet started a Premier League game for Stoke since moving there in August 2008, Davies still insists that he is a future at the Britannia Stadium.

"I don't regret going because I was going to a Premier League club," Davies told BBC WM. "I'm just looking forward to proving everyone wrong really.

"I know what I can do on a football pitch. I'm just looking forward to playing games and showing everyone what I can do.

"When you have a good team spirit within the squad, you all work for each other and stick together.

"I'm just looking forward to my month here and enjoying myself again."

The 25-year-old defender, captain and player of the year at Southampton before his £1m move to Stoke, was sidelined with a knee injury for much of his first season with the Potters.

I feel like I got punished in my second season at Stoke for not being fit in my first year which I find very disappointing

Walsall loan signing Andrew Davies

And Davies, who won an England Under-21 cap in his early days at Middlesbrough, has since found it difficult to force his way into manager Tony Pulis' plans.

He spent a month on loan at Preston in February 2009, then three months at Sheffield United this time last year. And he has this time opted to drop down two divisions to get games.

"Stoke signed me when I was injured and it took a little bit longer than what was expected for me to get over that injury," he said. "But I've been fit for a year now and still haven't made an impression.

"I feel like I got punished in my second season for not being fit in my first year which I find very disappointing, but that's just the way it goes."

Cheltenham-born Devaney started with Coventry City, but has spent the vast majority of his career with two clubs.

He played 227 games for his hometown club Cheltenham after joining them following their entry into the league in 1999.

He was then signed by Watford in 2005, spending just a month there under Adie Boothroyd, without making a first-team appearance, before being signed by Barnsley, for whom he has made 172 appearances.

He spent a month out on loan this time last season with Paul Ince's MK Dons.



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