ANDREW VORCE - Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Anton Peterlin believes he has now found a home in Walsall after being picked up by the League One club during the transfer window.
Peterlin joined Walsall after being one of nine first team players released by Plymouth due to their financial woes last season. Having made 14 appearances for Plymouth gave Peterlin the chance to impress Dean Smith in his games, and was later offered a trial with the club.
"The move came through my agents," Peterlin explained. "Dean Smith saw me play as well last year for Plymouth and wanted to bring me on trial and make a decision from there.
"I got the chance to impress and took my chance!"
Peterlin has made a career out of making good impressions, landing a Premier League contract with Everton after impressing David Moyes before impressing Peter Reid at Plymouth to earn his contract there. Having had an experience like that of Plymouth Argyle has shaped the versatile midfielder, he said.
"It is nice to have solid ground under ones feet and just knowing that you are going to be paid helps," he said. "It was hard at Plymouth and still not getting paid is rough."
With that solid ground under his feet Peterlin looks to give back to his new club.
"It is a small club but a very close knit group and all fighting for places," said Peterlin. "We will be fighting this season and that's what you want.
"It's a great little set up they have got here and I am happy to be a part of it."
Peterlin was immediately injected into the Walsall team on their tour of Scotland, a bonding experience that helped the San Francisco native get acclimated.
"It was a good experience and pre-season trips are always fun and a good way to get to know the guys better.
I played well in the first game and did okay in the second game. I fit in well and played well. I played out of my position and was able to get forward as well."
Peterlin made his Walsall debut in their 3-0 loss in the Carling Cup against Middlesbrough. Adam Chambers was shown a straight red in the 12th minute and Peterlin was his immediate replacement off of the bench.
The San Francisco native has ambitions of his own, and will take that opportunity to shine.
"First and foremost (my goal) is to get my position not he team and fight for it through the season," he explained. "I want to solidify my position int he league and do well.
"Also I wouldn't mind scoring a goal or two if they come my way," he added.
Having been given the chance to shine for a majority of the game against Middlesbrough Peterlin is aware of what he brings to his team.
"I bring a versatile player with the ability to pass and create off the dribble of passing," he explained. "I have a great engine and will bring that work ethic to the team."
With the red card, Peterlin was chosen to start int he Walsall midfield in their 1-1 draw at Hartlepool. With Andy Butler getting a red card in the game, Peterlin will use this chance to cement his team in the starting line up.