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Danny Guthrie becomes Saddlers' tenth summer signing!

11 July 2019

Club News

Danny Guthrie becomes Saddlers' tenth summer signing!

11 July 2019

Walsall FC are delighted to announce our tenth summer signing with the arrival of experienced midfielder Danny Guthrie.

The 32-year-old has made over 100 Premier League appearances and played most notably for Newcastle and Reading.

“I’m delighted to be with the club,” said Guthrie. “I have been here just over a week now training with the lads and I played on Tuesday night [against Leamington].

“They are a great set of lads and the coaching staff are great as well. There is great energy in the group and hopefully I can bring a bit of experience and composure.

“The gaffer is looking to bring a good mix of youth and experience into the squad so that we can give it a really good push this season.

“No team goes through a season without a sticky patch and that is why we need a few experienced lads who have been there and done it before.

“It’s all about getting the right mix in the squad. You need a bit of everything and hopefully I can help with my experience.”

Manager Darrell Clarke added: “Danny’s career speaks for itself. He’s been with us the last week or so and I’ve been really pleased with him.

“He adds that experience and you need a good balance in League Two of plenty of energy and a bit of know-how.

“He’s someone the younger players in the dressing room will look up to and he can help them progress.”

Shrewsbury-born Guthrie spent his youth career with Manchester United and Liverpool, where he made his professional debut in an EFL Cup tie against future employers Reading in 2006.

The former England Under-16 international featured seven times for the Reds and gained experience on loan at Southampton and Bolton, for whom he played 35 matches.

Leaving for Newcastle in 2008, Guthrie was a vital part of the Magpies team that amassed 102 points on their way to the 2009/10 Championship title.

He made 104 appearances in four years at St James’ Park and played 69 games for Reading between 2012 and 2015, also enjoying a loan spell with Fulham.

That was followed by two years at Blackburn and a spell in Indonesia with Mitra Kukar.

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