As reported by the official Walsall website, O’Donnell has confirmed his exit from the club, as he believes his future lies elsewhere.
This may be bad news for Walsall, but one club have received a great boost due to O’Donnell’s announcement - Nottingham Forest.
Forest were linked with signing the 26-year-old goalkeeper this summer by the Advertiser, claiming that Dougie Freedman was keen on the stopper due to his free transfer status.
Walsall had offered him a new deal despite the interest, but he has turned that down and will refuse to enter new negotiations, hinting at a desire to test himself at a different club.
Forest are keen on signing a goalkeeper to replace Karl Darlow, who has left the club to link up with Newcastle at the expiration of his loan deal.
O’Donnell has been one of the best ‘keepers in the Football League this season for Walsall, and Forest’s need for a new number one has led to interest from them in the 26-year-old. At his age, as well, O’Donnell still has a long way to go before reaching his peak.
With the contract now refused, it would come as no surprise to see Forest turn their interest into a formal approach in the coming weeks, if they truly intend to sign a talented goalkeeper on a free transfer