Video: James O'Connor signs new Walsall deal

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Defender James O'Connor has put pen to paper on a two-year contract extension with Walsall.

The 31-year-old centre-back, who was out of contract at the end of the season, will now remain at the Banks's Stadium until the summer of 2018.

O'Connor said: "I'm delighted to have got my contract done so early and I can focus on my football again now.

"When I joined the club it was on the back of a really bad 18 months for myself, career-wise, as I'd suffered a really bad injury and become a bit disillusioned with the game.

"But the club have given me an opportunity to enjoy my football again and get back to playing good football as well.

"I've really enjoyed my time here and I look forward to many more good times to come."

The experienced defender has made 74 appearances for the Saddlers since signing from Derby County in July 2014.

The ex-Doncaster man has impressed in the heart of defence this season, helping Walsall keep 13 clean sheets in his 39 outings.

Walsall's interim head coach Jon Whitney added: "He's been one of our most consistent performers this year and his experience is invaluable, on and off the pitch.

"Jimmy can be a role model for our younger players to see how to do it and how to have a long career as a professional footballer."

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