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O'Keefe becomes a Saddler

14 July 2009 12:01
Walsall have swooped to sign young midfielder Josh O'Keefe after his release from Blackburn Rovers. The 20-year-old has put pen to paper on a one-year contract at the Banks' Stadium as manager Chris Hutchings' squad begins to take shape. O'Keefe has been a prominent figure in the Premier League side's reserve team in recent years, but has failed to make an impact on Sam Allardyce's first team. After failing to win a contract at Derby County after a trial at Pride Park, O'Keefe became a free agent earlier this summer. "Josh is a player that we've been monitoring for some time," Hutchings told the club's official website. "He's a young lad who wants to push on and test his ability at the next level. This is a chance for him to develop and go on to bigger and better things on the first-team stage. "He's a box-to-box type player who's capable of scoring goals from midfield and is an exciting addition to the squad."

Source: ESA