Walsall finished the League One season in 14th place on 58 points, and following the seasons close, manager Jon Whitney released seven players.
Whitney will be looking ahead to the summer transfer window to recruit players in the correct areas, in hope that the ‘Saddlers’ can mount a serious promotion push next campaign.
One player that Whitney will be hoping stays with the club next season, is midfielder Erhun Oztumer, who made a huge contribution to the side this campaign, scoring 15 goals and providing 5 assists for his team.
The club did offer four players new contracts including goalkeeper Neil Etheridge, but Etheridge chose to join Championship outfit Cardiff City instead of staying at the Bescot Stadium.
With that in mind it leaves Walsall short in the goalkeeping department as they only have Liam Roberts on their books, so Whitney will be looking to sign a new goalkeeper in the summer window.
One goalkeeper that the club should turn to is Reading shot stopper Jonathan Bond.
The 24-year-old shot stopper, who has been capped for England at U20 and U21 level, joined Reading in 2015 but has found first team opportunities limited.
He had a brief spell at the start of the 2016/2017 season at Gillingham, but returned to the ‘Royals’ in January when his loan agreement ended.
Bond, started his career at Watford coming through the academy system, before going out on loan to non-league sides, Brackley Town and Forest Green Rovers. He has also had experience of playing in the football league, as he had loan spells at Dagenham and Redbridge and Bury in 2012.
After joining Reading in 2015 and signing a three year deal, Bond is heading into the final year of his contract and playing second fiddle to Ali Al-Habsi, he may decide to move away from the Madejski Stadium to guarantee himself regular first team football, and being short in the goalkeeping department, Walsall may turn to the young English shot stopper as competition for Liam Roberts.
Walsall fans… Would you like to see Jonathan Bond at the Bescot Stadium this summer? Let us know your thoughts!