O'Keefe becomes a Saddler
14 Jul 2009 - 12:01:26
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."