Richard O'Donnell: Walsall sign former Chesterfield goalkeeper

Walsall have signed goalkeeper Richard O'Donnell on a free transfer following a successful trial.

The 24-year-old has agreed a one-year deal with the Saddlers after his release from Chesterfield last season.

Saddlers keepers in 2012-13

  • David Grof (released in March) 14 games, 24 goals conceded, three clean sheets
  • Karl Darlow (two separate loans from Nottingham Forest) 10 games, 12 goals conceded, two clean sheets
  • Aaron McCarey (two separate loans from Wolves) 14 games, 19 goals conceded, five clean sheets
  • Ian McLoughlin (loaned from MK Dons) six games, seven goals conceded
  • Sam Johnstone (loaned from Manchester United) seven games, five goals conceded
  • On the bench: Jimmy Walker, Richard Jones

Manager Dean Smith had been looking for a regular keeper after being forced to use four different men between the sticks throughout the last campaign.

"I'm pleased to have him on board. This is the chance for him to find regular first-team football," said Smith.

"He knows that I am also looking to bring in another 'keeper to provide competition for him and Liam Roberts, but he is relishing the challenge."

O'Donnell came through the youth set-up at Sheffield Wednesday and has had loan spells with Rotherham, Oldham, York, Grimsby and Macclesfield.

He made 17 appearances with the Spireites but spent the second half of the season on loan in the Conference Premier at Stockport.

"It's been a long summer. I've never had to go anywhere on trial before, but the lads have been different class and really helped me settle in here," O'Donnell said.

"I am delighted to have earned this deal. I like the way that the gaffer and Richard O'Kelly want us to play and their enthusiasm for the game and willingness to work hard in training transfers itself through to the players."