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Guthrie 'Couldn't Have Asked for More' Following Full Season of Football

Walsall defender Jon Guthrie has spoken to the press and looked back at his first season with the Saddlers, admitting that a season, which saw him play every minute of first-team, football, was a proud achievement.

25-year-old Guthrie, who made fifty-two first-team appearances after joining the club from Crewe Alexandra at the beginning of last season, admitted that he couldn't have asked for any more during his debut season but did concede that the team's overall performance was not up to the mark.

Speaking via the Express & Star, Jon said; "I couldn’t have asked for any more, playing every minute of every game. I gave myself a target at the start of the season to play as many games as I could.

"I didn’t think I’d play every game to be honest. I’m proud to have achieved that – it’s a nice stat to have. Obviously, it wasn’t the season we planned. But at the end of the day we knew - going into the last few games – the job we had to do and we managed to get that done."

Devizes-born Guthrie, who played alongside several different faces at the back over the course of the season, including hot prospect Kory Roberts and West Brom loanees Jack Fitzwater and Shaun Donnellan, admitted that he enjoyed playing with his various teammates, admitting that he had to take more of a leading role.

Guthrie, who made over 130 appearances during a five-season spell with Crewe, continued; "I enjoyed playing with all the different centre-backs and there were a few to be fair. I have had to be more of a leader. When you are playing with younger players you do have to take on some extra responsibility and talk them through it."

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