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Walsall Deal Announced
By Chris O'Brien
June 27 2003


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Manchester United and Walsall have agreed on a three year deal. The deal will see the Midlands club be given first refusal on any of United's youth talent that Sir Alex wants to sell or move out on loan. In exchange, United will be able to poach some of Walsall's brightest talent.
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Walsall deal Announced

Manchester United and Walsall have agreed on a three year deal which will see the Midlands club be given first refusal on any of the young United talent breaking through the academy, that cannot get into the first team.

This will mean that United's young stars will either join Walsall on loan, or be offered as a permanent signing if they are surplus to requirements at Old Trafford.

In exchange, United will be able to poach some of Walsall's brightest talent that Sir Alex Ferguson might want to bring to Old Trafford.

"Although, initially, the agreement is for three years, I hope that this will be the start of a long-term relationship between the two clubs that will continue to develop," said Walsall chief executive Roy Whalley.

"This is a partnership that can facilitate matches at various levels between Walsall and Manchester United Football Club. Player loan deals between the two clubs can be arranged, as well as opportunities for MUFC to assess the quality of promising Walsall starlets.

"It is a very exciting prospect."

United chief executive Peter Kenyon is pleased with the deal, which is similar with ones the club has with Nantes and Royal Antwerp.

"Walsall are a very well-run, organised club and we look forward to working with them to the mutual benefit of both clubs," said Kenyon.

For information on Walsall FC, please visit their web-site on SportNetwork by clicking here.

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