Macken trains with Saddlers

Forward looks to earn full-time contract

Macken: Trains with Walsall

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Experienced striker Jon Macken has been training with Walsall in a bid to win a permanent deal with the club.

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The 32-year-old forward was released by Barnsley earlier in the summer and could be the ideal man to fit into a young Saddlers squad.

Macken, formerly of Manchester City and Preston, bagged 19 goals in 100 appearances for the Tykes and has a total career record of 113 goals in 455 games.

Walsall manager Chris Hutchings is without Troy Deeney after the forward moved to Watford earlier in the month, and has only teenagers as back-up to Alex Nicholls and Darren Byfield.

Fellow striker Nicholls has been impressed with Macken in training and hopes a deal between the two parties can be reached.

He told the Express & Star: "The gaffer knows quite a lot of people in big places. It's nice to be playing with players like Jonathan Macken.

"He's a big name in football and he's been sold for a lot of money in his career."