Shay Facey: Walsall sign ex-Northampton and Manchester City defender

Shay Facey in action for Northampton
Shay Facey did not make a first-team appearance for Manchester City, but was loaned to New York City, Rotherham and Heerenveen by the Premier League club

Shay Facey has joined Walsall after the defender's contract with fellow League Two side Northampton Town expired.

The 24-year-old former Manchester City player, who has previously featured for Rotherham, New York City in the United States and Dutch side Heerenveen, is Walsall's sixth signing this summer.

Ex-England Under-20 international Facey made 42 appearances for the Cobblers.

"He's my sort of player, one with something to prove," said Walsall boss Darrell Clarke.

Speaking to the club website, Clarke added: "Shay has very decent pedigree. He was at Manchester City for a long time as a youngster and got good experience on loan.

"He's got pace, a good leap on him, energy - all things a modern-day full-back has to have."

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