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VOTE OF CONFIDENCE FOR DOWNING

8 May 2015

Boss delighted as defender puts an 'x' in the box...

SADDLERS’ boss, Dean Smith, has given a vote of confidence to Paul Downing after the central defender put an ‘x’ in the box on a new one-year deal.

“I’m really pleased that Paul has signed up for next season,” he said. “He’s been a developing player who is getting better and better.

“Although he wasn’t involved in the final six or seven games of the season, he did well earlier in the campaign.

“Hopefully next year will be a season where he really stands out for us because he has all the attributes to do that.

“Despite his age, he is one of our more experienced heads in the squad and has over 120 games under his belt for us. He will be the first to admit that he is still learning the game, but he has the desire to improve and better himself.

“I know that he was keen to stay here and get the deal sorted quickly, so it’s always nice to get things like this done early.

“Paul is an important part of the group here; he’s a good professional and a pleasure to work with.”

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