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NEW DEAL FOR PURKISS

29 May 2014

Full-back puts pen-to-paper on a new contract...

FULL-back, Ben Purkiss, has today put pen-to-paper on a new one-year deal here at Banks’s Stadium.

The 30 year-old appeared a total of 16 times last term, putting in some reliable and determined displays.

“I am very pleased to have signed this new deal,” he said. “It means that I can now start planning for the new season.

“It’s always important at this time of the year to be able to take stock, look at the areas of my game that need work and use the summer to do it so that I can return fresh and ready to hit the ground running.

“I always set myself personal targets, be it on a game-by-game basis or for the season as a whole. You have to be careful not to make those targets unrealistic, but already I have a few things in mind for next season.

“I’m looking forward to the new season; there’ll be some new faces coming into the club as we look to build upon the previous campaign both individually and as a collective.

“We have a good nucleus here. The goalkeeper is as good as anyone at this level and there is a strong foundation with plenty of quality.

“There are areas that clearly need attention, but the Gaffer is aware of that and is working hard to address the situation.”

Purkiss started his career with hometown club, Sheffield United, before going on to serve the likes of Gainsborough Trinity, York City, Oxford United and Hereford United.

He joined The Saddlers in the summer of 2012 and has gone on to become a popular figure, who claimed the Community Player of the Season award last term.

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