Saddlers Snap Up Fox

by Mark Rowan
@Everton

Daniel Fox has followed in the footsteps of his former Everton team-mate Anthony Gerrard and signed in at League One side Walsall.

The 19-year-old, who spent a large part of last season on-loan in Scotland with Stranraer, was released by David Moyes at the end of the season and has since been searching for a new club.

Saddlers boss Paul Merson has taken full advantage of his availability and moved quickly to snap the left-sided defender up on a two-year deal.

Like Gerrard, Fox progressed through the youth ranks at Goodison Park and he admitted that the chance to team-up again with his close friend played a big part in his decision to sign.

He said: "Me and Anthony are very close. I spoke with him a few times when he was here on loan last season and he asked me if I knew whether I was being kept on at Everton. When I told him I didn't think I was, he said he'd have a word with Paul Merson.

"I came down to the stadium last week and had a look around and as soon as I saw the place, I had good vibes and made up my mind that this is where I wanted to be.

"Obviously, the chance to link up with Anthony again was a big factor. We've played in the same team since we were 14, him at centre-back and me at left-back. We've got a good bond, on and off the pitch."

Fox, who was a regular for Everton reserves as well as being named as an unused substitute for the senior game against Aston Villa last October, also admitted that playing regular first team football under boss Paul Merson was a big draw

He added: "I grew up watching Paul Merson and he was, and still is, a quality player. Speaking to Anthony, he says that the manager has a lot of faith in young players and wants to play the game in the right way.

"He says that there is a good bunch of young players here who are hungry for success and I want to be part of it."

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