Jimmy Walker: Walsall part company with veteran goalkeeper

Walsall's record appearance holder Jimmy Walker has left the Banks's Stadium by mutual consent.

The veteran goalkeeper, 39, broke Colin Harrison's all-time record appearances for the Saddlers last January when he reached 530 games.

But after only making three more appearances since then, he has ended a 14-year association with the club.

Jimmy Walker factfile

  • Born 9 July, 1973 in Sutton-in-Ashfield
  • Started as a trainee at Notts County in 1991 but failed to make an appearance
  • Moved to Walsall in 1993 and made 475 appearances in all competitions in an 11-year spell
  • Joined West Ham on a Bosman in 2004 and helped the Hammers to promotion to the Premier League in 2005
  • Fell behind Roy Carroll and Rob Green in the pecking order and was loaned to Colchester
  • Left Upton Park to join Tottenham in 2009 before re-joining the Saddlers in 2010
  • Broke the club appearance record in a 0-0 draw against Brentford on 14 January 2012
  • Took up a player-coach role in the summer of 2012

"This has been one of the most difficult decisions I have ever had to make," Walker told the club website.  

"This club is very close to my heart and will always be part of me.

"However, things have not panned out as I would have hoped this season and I have not been able to play as influential role as I would have liked.

"I am at a stage of my career where I need to take stock and consider my options."

Walker first joined the Saddlers in 1993, and he helped them to promotion from the then Division Three in 1995, and Division Two in 1999 and 2001.

He left the Banks's in 2004 to join West Ham, and after spells at Colchester and Tottenham, he returned to the Saddlers in 2010.

However, he has found himself behind loanees Karl Darlow and Ian McLoughlin in the pecking order this season and has made the decision to leave the club.

"I wish the club all of the best in the future - we have a young and exciting team at present and the future looks bright," added Walker.

"Most of all I would like to thank the supporters who have taken me in as one of their own and made my time here something I will never forget."