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Walsall make Mat Sadler a Saddler

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Walsall swooped for Mat Sadler today as manager Dean Smith secured his first summer signing.

Walsall swooped for Mat Sadler today as manager Dean Smith secured his first summer signing.

The 26-year-old has penned a one-year deal after being released by Watford, following a loan spell at Shrewsbury last season.

The left-back will join the squad when they return for pre-season training on Thursday and revealed he was won over by boss Smith.

Sadler said: "I am looking forward to working here. Dean Smith's enthusiasm and determination to do well was clear to see from the off and it fits in with my own hopes and ambitions.

"Living locally, I know what this club is all about and there is no reason why we can't get back to Championship level. The set-up is fantastic and everything is geared up for progression.

"I am excited to be part of that."

Smith revealed he was close to completing a new signing last week and insisted Sadler is a perfect addition.

The Saddlers boss said: "I want players here who have hunger and want to be involved week in, week out. Mat certainly fits into that category.

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"He played in every minute of last season for Shrewsbury and comes here with plenty of higher level experience and a quality left foot.

"He understands the game well and will help those younger lads around him. That said, at 26, he's a good age and has his best years ahead of him. His pedigree is excellent and he's been brought up the right way.

"Having spoken to him on a couple of occasions it is clear that he is an ambitious lad, who is determined to do well for the club and I am pleased to have him on board."

Sadler cost Watford £750,000 when he signed from Birmingham in 2008 but made just 35 appearances and hadn't played for the Hornets since a 4-2 Boxing Day defeat to Bristol City that year.

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