Rollin Menayese – who spent the first half of the season on loan with the Saddlers – completed a permanent move to Walsall.
The 24-year-old, who has played 25 games since joining Walsall on loan from Mansfield in the summer and played 19 of 22 Sky Bet League Two games, has signed a contract until the summer of 2024 for a undisclosed amount.
Matt Taylor’s side are away from fighters Stevenage in Sky Bet League Two action on Saturday, with Menayese set to start.
The boss said of the deal, as quoted in the Express & Star: “(It) shows where we see Rollins’ and the faith we have in him to better grow.”
Taylor also revealed to Express & Star: “It is the right decision for the football club because Rollin has proven this season that he can produce consistent performances.” He continued, “There are areas of Rollins’ game that he needs to improve on, and we talk about them all the time.
“He understands how much we value him here, and the environment we’ve created is one where he can learn every day. He understands the dynamics of the locker room and that the players trust him.
“So we continuously drive it with the rest of the group. That’s the main thing for us this season.
As any football fan knows, it can be difficult to loan players during a transfer window as the heart and soul of the player may not always be with club football. Despite this, Menayese has proven his ambition to stay with the Saddlers and how much he enjoys being at the football club.
Being on a contract is important for a footballer because he knows his team and his goals for the rest of his contract. Therefore, signing this deal is great for both parties – the club and the player.
Rollin can now enjoy the rest of the season and the rest of his two-and-a-half-year contract.