Walsall captain Andy Butler signs new contract

Walsall captain Andy Butler today signed a new one-year contract at the Banks’s Stadium to silence speculation about his future.

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The popular skipper penned a new deal that includes an option for a second season.

The 29-year-old, who has been the Saddlers’ player of the season for the last two years, was the subject of online media reports last week claiming talks had hit a snag.

But he said today: “I’m really pleased to have signed this new deal.

“My career has been revived here and I can’t praise the gaffer enough, he’s treated me well and is one of the main reasons why I have signed.

“He’s a great manager and there are some good times ahead for the club, so I am delighted to be part of it.

“The club has treated me well and I am happy and enjoying my football here, which counts for a lot.

“I would say that I am playing some of the best football of my career.

“As a group we have progressed well and even when things weren’t going our way earlier in the season, we knew what we were capable of and there was always that belief that we would turn things around and be challenging at the right end of the table.

“There are six massive games to go now and if we continue doing the right things, we will give ourselves every chance of enjoying a successful end to the season.

“As I say, this club has a bright future and I am happy that I have got this sorted early and can concentrate on my football and helping Walsall push on.”

Manager Dean Smith added. “This news is a big boost to the club.

“Andy has been fantastic for me. He is a leader of men and commands the total respect of the players, supporters and myself.

“To win the player of the season award for two years on the spin is no mean feat and I am really pleased that he has committed himself to us.”

Butler has made 123 appearances in Walsall colours since signing on a free transfer in 2010.

He previously played for Scunthorpe, Huddersfield and Blackpool.

Comments for: "Walsall captain Andy Butler signs new contract"

Frank

Go for it Andy ----- if you Will and Fabian sign and we have sign a reliable keeper we have the backbone of a really great team for next season if we miss out this time.

Gavin wright

Absolutely brilliant news! That's made my day! Best centre half in the league!

Swampy Saddler

Great news!!!!! . . . . Thanks for the comittment AB!! . . . . Looking forward to next season, which ever league we are playing in. Its exciting football to watch the majority of the time and we have a confidence around the place which is making Sat afternoons fun again! . . . . . Would like to our Chairman back at the matches? SS

Norfolk Saddler

One year contract for supposedly one of the best central defenders playing outside the top two leagues who was apparently being looked at by bigger clubs? OK, there is an option fo a second year but why on earth wasn't Andy tied on a three or four year contract? The next three or four years should be his most productive and if we don't get promoted his transfer value would increase. I'm sure some form of success linked bonus would have convinced him to sign the longer deal and we would have our best player and captain on borad to drive us on. Oh the joys of being a Saddlers fan!!

Sadsfan

Perhaps that is all Butler (or more likely his agent) would sign, and may be nothing to do with the club.

andrew webster

great player

steve

Over the moon! Captain Marvel leads us again next year.

If people recall what it was like before he came we lacked any sort of leadership on the pitch and it was him joining that gave us that and made the great escape possible.

Massive love for Butler around the Saddlers and you've only got to see him play and hear him speak to know it's mutual.

Graham

Great news and as far as I am concerned one of the best players we have ever had. A leader on and off the pitch a credit to himself and our club.