Walsall's Jon Guthrie shares joy at playing every game

Walsall stopper Jon Guthrie looks back on his first season at the club with a lot of fondness, stating: “I couldn’t have asked for any more.”

Jon Guthrie
Jon Guthrie

While acknowledging the team did not do as well as they would have liked, finishing 19th in League One, the 25-year-old had a very solid campaign.

He played every minute of every game for the Saddlers.

“I couldn’t have asked for any more, playing every minute of every game,” said Guthrie.

“I gave myself a target at the start of the season to play as many games as I could.

“I didn’t think I’d play every game to be honest. I’m proud to have achieved that – it’s a nice stat to have.

“Obviously, it wasn’t the season we planned. But at the end of the day we knew – going into the last few games – the job we had to do and we managed to get that done.”

Guthrie played alongside several different faces at the back over the course of the season, such as Kory Roberts and Albion loanees Jack Fitzwater and Shaun Donnellan.

“I enjoyed playing with all the different centre-backs and there were a few to be fair,” added Guthrie.

“I have had to be more of a leader. When you are playing with younger players you do have to take on some extra responsibility and talk them through it.”

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