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Rico Henry Named Football League’s Young Player of the Month

Rico Henry Named Football League’s Young Player of the Month

Walsall’s Rico Henry has been named The Football League’s Young Player of the Month for September.

Henry, a product of Walsall’s academy, made 10 appearances for the Saddlers last term while still an apprentice. He completed his apprenticeship in the summer and has since produced a series of eye-catching displays which earned him a new contract at the start of this month.

The 18-year-old’s contribution has helped to propel Walsall to the top of Sky Bet League One. Henry made four League appearances for Walsall in September and scored the only goal in their 1-0 away win at Scunthorpe United.

“I feel very honoured to have won this award. I joined the club at under-12s and it’s been good, I just want to keep progressing,” Henry said. “My targets are to score goals and do well here. I want to get to the Championship with Walsall.”

Walsall manager Dean Smith added: “Rico fully deserves the award, he has been excellent.”

“He’s a pleasure to coach and a pleasure to have around the place, not just as a footballer but as a person. He’s a quick learner; you give him a bit of information and he takes it on board. I’ve recommended him to England under-19s because if there’s a better left-sided player in the country at 18 years of age I’d like to see them.”

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