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Mat Sadler Set For Walsall Player/Coach Role

Following the news that the 2019/20 League Two campaign has now come to an end Walsall FC released details of their 'Released and Retained' confirming several departures along with news of new deals.
Among the players to be retained by manager Darrell Clarke is veteran defender Matt Sadler, with the well-travelled left-back and centre back also being given the opportunity to join the club's coaching set-up.

35-year-old Sadler returned for his second spell at the Banks's last summer and went on to make thirty-two first-team appearances before the season was ultimately curtailed thanks to the coronavirus outbreak.

Mat has plenty of experience to offer his fellow peers and should be able to help the progress of some of the club's upcoming prospects including young central defender Tom Leak, who is expected to form part of the Saddlers' first-team next season.

Birmingham-born Sadler was a league ever-present during his first spell with the Saddlers in 2011/12, scoring one goal in fifty-two appearances in all competitions.

Capped by England at youth level, Sadler started out with hometown club Birmingham City and featured thirty-six times during their 2006/07 Championship promotion-winning campaign.

He made a total of 61 Blues appearances along with a brief spell with Northampton Town before signing for Watford, where he played thirty-five games.

Following loan spells at Stockport County and Shrewsbury Town, Sadler joined the Saddlers in 2011 and stayed for just one season before moving to Crawley Town, here he was an ever-present in each of his two seasons with the Reds.

An unsuccessful move to Rotherham United saw him loaned back to Crawley with a stay at Oldham Athletic following before he made a return to Shrewsbury in 2015.

Mat helped the Shrews reach the finals of the League One Play-Offs and EFL Trophy in 2017/18. He appeared 35 times in 2018/19, scoring six goals in 161 matches for the Shrews before being released last summer.

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