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Walsall offer new deals to 12 players

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Walsall have offered contracts to 12 first team players – including Romaine Sawyers – as they look to shape their squad for next season.

Sawyers, who is believed to be interesting Championship sides Brentford and Birmingham, has been offered a new three-year deal with the Saddlers.

Full-back Jason Demetriou, winger Anthony Forde and central midfielder Sam Mantom have all been offered new two-year contracts.

Milan Lalkovic, Paul Downing, Jordan Cook, Andy Taylor, Craig MacGIllivray, Amadou Bakayoko, Reece Flanagan and Liam Roberts have been offered a further year.

Isaiah Osbourne, who is yet to make his Saddlers debut after suffering serious knee injury shortly after his arrival in September, has been invited to attend pre-season training to be assessed.

Youngsters Levi Rowley and Jordan Murphy are the only players to be released.

Academy players Rory Oliver and Kory Roberts have been offered first year professional contracts.

All other members of the Walsall squad remain on contract beyond 30 June 2016.

Boss Jon Whitney hopes all the players who have been offered contracts will stay but admitted there will be competition for their services.

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He said: "We're going to try to keep the squad together if we can but that might be a big ask considering the season some of these guys have had.

"Put it this way, if I was a player and you've had the season you've had, then you are going to get offers.

"You don't finish on 84 points like we have and put in some of the performances we have put in without people being interested in you.

"Of course we want to keep all the players together. But I also don't want to stop them developing their careers and moving on.

"That's not just financially making themselves secure, but to actually play at the highest level you can.

"But I will try to keep them together if I can – however wanting it and doing it is a totally different thing."

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