REPORT: Walsall Looking at New Deal for Danny Guthrie

League Two club Walsall are in talks with experienced midfielder Danny Guthrie over a new contract, according to Liam Keen of the Express & Star.

Walsall Looking at New Deal for Danny Guthrie

Saddlers Look to Boost Their Ranks for the New Season

The 33-year-old is understood to have been one of five Walsall players who were offered a contract extension in June.

However, of the quintet, which included young players such as Callum Cockerill-Mollett and Tom Leak, Guthrie is the only one yet to sign on for the 2020/21 campaign.

The former Newcastle United man signed for the Saddlers last July after two years away from English football and featured in 28 matches for the West Midlands side last season.

He chipped in with one goal and two assists as Darrell Clarke’s men finished in 12th position in the fourth-tier on points per game, after recovering from a disappointing first few months.

Guthrie was unable to feature in a number of matches due to injury, yet Walsall are evidently very keen to keep someone of his know-how at the Banks’ Stadium.

An Accomplished Professional

Guthrie provides the Saddlers with a level of experience which is very difficult to come by in League Two.

He has played Premier League football for four different clubs during his career and is therefore understandably the sort of midfield option Walsall want to keep within their first-team squad.

Having progressed through Liverpool’s academy, Guthrie played seven times in all competitions for the Reds, including making his first professional start against Turkish outfit Galatasaray in the Champions League in December 2006, at the age of 19.

After spending time out on loan at Southampton and Bolton Wanderers, he joined Newcastle. Across four years in the North East, the Shrewsbury-born midfielder made 104 appearances in total and played a particularly key role as the Magpies earned promotion back to the Premier League in 2009/10.

From there he moved on to Reading, who suffered relegation to the Championship at the end of Guthrie’s first season at the club. He also represented Fulham and Blackburn Rovers in the second-tier.

 

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