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Two former Wolves players training with Walsall

Former Wolves striker Liam McAlinden has returned to the West Midlands to join pre-season training with Walsall after leaving Cheltenham.

The 25-year-old former Exeter City forward came to an agreement with the Robins, allowing him to leave halfway through his two-year deal at Whaddon Road. He is now hoping to earn a deal with the Saddlers, who were relegated to League Two last season and are now managed by Darrell Clarke.

After failing to win a regular place at Cheltenham, where he failed to score in eight first-team appearances in all competitions, McAlinden spent time on loan at Brackley Town and Kidderminster Harriers during 2018-19.

McAlinden is probably best remembered by Wolves fans for scoring the only goal in the win at Milton Keynes Dons in March 2014, when over 9,000 visiting supporters travelled to the game, helped by a social media campaign with the hashtag #10K2MK, to achieve the record away support at the ground. That was his only League goal for the club in a total of two strikes in 19 appearances in gold and black.

The Cannock-born attacker was one of several Academy graduates given their chance by Kenny Jackett in the 2013-14 League One title-winning campaign along with Danny Batth, Jack Price and Zeli Ismail and other youngsters promoted from the ranks such as Matt Doherty and Lee Evans.

During his time at Molineux, McAlinden had two loan spells with each of Shrewsbury and Fleetwood, plus Crawley, before moving to Exeter on a permanent basis in 2016. He netted 11 times in 73 games for the Grecians in all competitions, although 38 of those were off the bench.

Former Wolves goalkeeper Jon Flatt is also training with the Saddlers. The 24-year-old is a free agent after leaving Scunthorpe where he played just once in the League last season. He appeared for Cheltenham at the end of their 2015-16 National League title-winning campaign, returning for a second temporary spell in 2017-18 before losing his place to Scott Flinders.