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Joe Edwards Tipped to Play a Leading Role

As he continues to prepare for the upcoming summer overhaul, Walsall manager Dean Keates has spoken to the press and discussed the future of club vice-captain Joe Edwards, who - despite being injured - will continue to play a major role in the dressing room.
The 27-year-old midfielder is out of contract in the summer but is seen as a huge part of the team both on and off the pitch which has lead manager Dean Keates to offer him a new deal along with offering praise for the former Yeovil Town and Colchester United man.

Edwards, who was named the Saddlers' Player of the Season earlier this month, missed the last thirteen games of the campaign after suffering an anterior cruciate ligament injury against Blackburn Rovers and isn't expected to return to full fitness until November.

Dean, speaking via the Express & Star, said; "There is something in place for Joe – I've had a good conversation with him and he is going to be like a new signing for me. He has been injured since I took over. And all being well, because his rehab has gone well, we are looking at him returning in November. That’s when we’d like to see him back on the first-team pitch and that’s without me being too optimistic.

"As I’ve said to Joe himself, he is a character. You can hear him around the place, you can hear him laughing and joking and having banter with the lads. And I’m sure he is the same on the training pitch.

"From the games that I have watched, he has been sorely missed. But he played his part in us staying up because of his personality around the place. He was a big influence in the changing room and in meetings – he spoke up."

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