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Walsall boss fears losing Laird

Walsall manager Jon Whitney has admitted he faces an anxious wait to see whether they will be able to keep on loan Scunthorpe left back Scott Laird.

The defender has made a big impression on loan with the Saddlers’ and has made no secret of his desire to stay at the Banks’ Stadium, following a tough spell at Glanford Park.

However with Iron defender Conor Townsend picking up an injury and a loan extension for Norwich City’s Harry Toffolo still not yet agreed, Whitney is preparing for the worst.

“Negotiations with Scunthorpe are still ongoing,” Whitney told the Express and Star.

“It’s still a little bit tit-for-tat.

“It didn’t work in my favour that Townsend got injured last week. He is out for four-to-five weeks. When I saw that, alarm bells started to ring.

“Then Norwich are in a position where they want to bring their players back. It’s going to be very difficult this month with the new guidelines and rules.

“Things aren’t looking great because Scunthorpe are going to protect themselves. I’ve been in football a long time and promises aren’t always kept.

“We will see what happens over the coming days but I need to have a Plan B in case we do lose Lairdy.”

Laird’s current loan deal expired following the Saddlers’ 2-0 defeat to Rochdale on Monday.

Written by Matt Blanchard

Mblanchard

Part of the team since 2007, before becoming editor in 2013. Undertaken the role of match summariser during Scunthorpe United live match commentaries for BBC Radio Humberside. Seasonal contributor to football titles FourFourTwo and When Saturday Comes and a finalist at the Football Blogging Awards in 2014.

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