Scott Laird: Walsall loan move has 'reignited fire' for Scunthorpe left-back

Scott Laird
Scott Laird has also had spells at Plymouth, Torquay, Stevenage and Preston but never been in a boy band

When Scott Laird looks along the back four, he may see Toner, O'Connor and McCarthy - but the way he feels about his move to Walsall, it could easily be Owen, Barlow and Orange.

"I can't hide my feelings," the on-loan full-back told BBC WM 95.6. "Coming here has reignited my fire.

"I'm sounding like a Take That song!"

With the furnace re-lit, the 28-year-old has ably filled the boots of the departed Rico Henry and has revelled in the Saddlers' recent run of four wins in their last five games in all competitions. It has made the dressing room a heady place to be at the moment.

"I'm absolutely loving it. The fans and management and even the media have been brilliant," said Laird, who is on loan from Scunthorpe.

"I like to get forward and play and the style of play here suits me and it's getting the best out of me. I love defending, getting stuck in and getting my knees dirty and mud all over my face."

Walsall's revival has lifted the club to within three points of the play-off places, with Saturday's local derby with improving Coventry City at the Banks's Stadium up next - the "M6 El Classico", as Laird calls it.

"They shouldn't be where they are, they are a good side and we're going to have to be right on our game - like we have been - to get a result."

Laird has joined Walsall until January but already his thoughts are turning to what happens in the future.

"I really like the club," he said. "I'm enjoying my football and I'd like to carry on somewhere I like and that's Walsall."

Take That on stage
Take That have played Wembley Stadium, but not yet at the Banks's Stadium

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