Neil Etheridge back in action in Walsall’s shirt

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Neil Etheridge

He’s been on a fascinating international adventure that saw him take in the secretive North Korea as well as Bahrain.

But has now returned home knowing he has a fight on his hands to start Walsall’s game against Chesterfield tomorrow.

Last Saturday’s 2-0 win in the top-of the-table clash against Burton Albion was achieved with promising glovesman Craig MacGillivray between the sticks.

And while both of Walsall’s keepers remain close friends, Etheridge is doing everything he can to reclaim his place.

“To keep a clean sheet last week and move top of the league was fantastic, “ the international said. “It’s where we believe we should be after the start we’ve had.

“And I was extremely pleased for Craig. I was really pleased for him that he kept a clean sheet and for the defence as well because I think it shows how far the club has progressed since last year.

“The manager now has a decision to make, but I’ve continued playing my football while I’ve been away.

“I’ve got two days of training to prove myself and I know my ability. I want to be wearing that number one shirt against Chesterfield tomorrow.”

While on international duty, Etheridge kept a clean sheet as the Phillipines drew 0-0 in North Korea. But he then tasted defeat as his side slipped to a 2-0 loss against Bahrain.

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