Danny Guthrie has a good vibe at Walsall
Danny Guthrie has revealed he turned down a host of offers – including from League One – in order to join Walsall this summer.
The 32-year-old was snapped up by the Saddlers after he opted to leave Indonesian outfit Mitra Kukar.
Guthrie has played more than 100 games in the Premier League after previously enjoying spells with Newcastle, Reading and Bolton.
But after returning to England, he decided to join Walsall because of the project Darrell Clarke is building.
“I spoke to the manager a couple of times on the phone,” Guthrie said.
“He said come in, train with the boys.
“I had a couple of other options, even in League One. But once I came here, I integrated with the group and liked the manager’s ideas for me.
“That sold it to me really. You’ve got to get a good feeling for somewhere.
“I want to enjoy coming to work every day and competing with the lads and just be part of something where there’s ambition.
“We’ve got an obvious ambition to get out of this league. Without piling pressure on us, we’re going to take it a game at a time. But there is a real hunger in the group.”
Guthrie is expected to be part of the Walsall side that takes on Forest Green Rovers tomorrow.
Last weekend, the midfielder helped the team kick-start the campaign with a 1-0 win at Northampton.
Clarke’s men impressed with their organisation and desire to keep the ball out the net last weekend.
But, on home turf, Guthrie thinks fans will see a different side of the team tomorrow.
“This team can play football,” the midfielder continued.
“We said to each other that winning in the way we did at Northampton is harder than playing good football.
“You find out a lot about yourselves in games like. We found out a lot about each other.
“We found out that we can fight, dig, hang in there and be resolute.
“But we also know we can play so I think Saturday is an opportunity to show a different side of us because everyone who wants to do anything in league football has to win in more than one way.”