Jon Guthrie Happy to Wait For New Defensive Partner

Walsall defender Jon Guthrie has spoken to the local press ahead of this weekend's season-opening clash between the Saddlers and Plymouth Argyle, and insisted it won't take long for him to gel with whoever becomes his new defensive partner.
26-year-old Guthrie, who played every minute of first-team football after joining the club from Crewe Alexandra at the start of last season, isn't concerned about the lack of defensive signings and is confident that whoever does join the squad will have no problem settling into the side as he and his teammates will be happy to help the new recruit to integrate into the side.

The defender has trained alongside several trialists over the course of the pre-season campaign, with the likes of Oliver Marx, Adam Mitchell, Tom Brewitt, and Tomáš Egert all seeking to earn a deal, but remains happy to play the waiting game as manager Dean Keates continues to explore his options.

Jon, who was speaking via the Express & Star, said; "It won’t be difficult to gel. I think when you’re a centre-back you know what you’re in the team to do. When it comes to your partner you obviously learn more about each others game the more you play. But I think out on the pitch centre-back is probably the easiest position to slot into. And there is a good, supportive group here. There are no bad eggs. So whoever comes in will settle in quickly and get on fine."

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