Mat Sadler: Veteran Defender 'Desperate' to Keep on Playing

Walsall defender Mat Sadler has spoken ahead of this weekend's Emirates FA Cup - Second Round clash between the Saddlers and Oxford United and admitted he is loving his time back at the Banks's.
34-year-old, Birmingham-born Sadler spent a season in WS1, arriving from Watford in the summer of 2011, but, after making fifty-two all-competition appearances, departed for Crawley Town just a year later.

Now, Sadler, who was one of sixteen new arrivals in the summer - joining after four years with Shrewsbury Town - says he feels at home back in the Black Country, and is keen to make the most of hit time in the team.

Speaking via the Express & Star, Mat said; "I’ve loved it, it’s a good club for me to come to. It’s a club I know very well and a club I really enjoyed my time at previously. Somewhere that I felt at home straight away, I enjoy whenever I get to put the shirt on.

"It was something I was desperate to snap their hands off when it came. For me, I wasn’t ready to say it’s the end of my career yet, I wasn’t and aren’t ready to say that.

"Personally I’m desperate to still play, I definitely feel my body is in a good place, I’m not being subjected to too many niggles, I feel good. I’m desperate to continue.

"There’s an old mantra that you’re always trying to prove people wrong in football and that always sticks with me. Off the back of any bad performance, off the back of age, anything, whatever it might be, whatever your motivation is to prove people wrong is one you live with and die with.

"I’ll continue to prove people wrong, that I can keep playing. I’d like to think in terms of respect I have that of the group and do exactly the same things that I did at Shrewsbury here, that’s the main thing."
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