Walsall midfielder Danny Guthrie has felt a strong energy amongst the group in training with competition for places heating up.
Guthrie has started the last two league games after he served a one-match ban against Forest Green Rovers.
There is plenty of competition for places ahead of tomorrow’s game against Exeter City, particularly in middle of the park and the experienced midfielder believes that the competition for places has created a positive energy in the camp.
“There is a real energy in training, but also - like the gaffer says - everyone’s shirts are up for grabs and that’s maybe given one or two a kick up the back side,” explained Guthrie.
“All throughout my career that has been the case scenario.
“For any club it is crucial to have that competition.
“It does, it keeps you on your toes.
“We’ve had new lads come in - people who are fighting for positions. It’s healthy.”
Guthrie and Stuart Sinclair are two of the more experienced heads in the squad and the former Newcastle United midfielder feels he can help guide the likes of Liam Kinsella and Alfie Bates, players he enjoys playing alongside.
Kins is a really important player for us because he can churn out game after game after game and keep the same energy,” said Guthrie.
He’s a really important player in our team.
It’s important to have someone like Kins alongside me who can get about the pitch.
Alfie is a really good young player who has shown he is going to have a good career.
It’s important for me to lead by example with Alfie.
I was someone who didn’t like to be told what to do, I just liked to watch and get on with it.
But I’ll do what I can to help Alfie and I’m sure he’s going to play lots of games this year.”
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