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Sinclair Stays: Midfielder Reveals He Has a Year Left on His Walsall Deal

As we await the EFL's final decision on if, how and when the Saddlers' 2019/20 League Two campaign will end, we're hoping to find out which players will be departing when their contracts expire at the end of the month.
Manager Darrell Clarke has signed a plethora of players during his time at the club but has kept his cards close to his chest when it comes to length of contract, be it to give other clubs an issue when it comes to swooping for out-of-contract players or simply to annoy news editors, we simply don't know just how long the current squad has left in WS1.

One player, however, has chosen to confirm his status for 2020/21, as bearded midfielder Stuart Sinclair spoke to the Express & Star's Walsall correspondent Liam Keen and insisted he'll be staying for at least another year.

Sinclair, who has made twenty-seven club appearances since joining the manager in swapping Bristol Rovers for Walsall last summer, admitted he is looking forward to another year in the Black Country and is keen to get back underway.

The 32-year-old said; "Yes for sure, definitely. I’m here until at least the end of next year and I’m looking forward to it. I can’t wait to get back and get started.

"It’s a challenging time for the football club, but it will be an exciting time and hopefully we can keep progressing and produce exciting football – which the gaffer wants. It’s just nice to be a part of that and be involved."

Walsall haven't played a competitive game since they defeated Exeter City by three-goals-to-one in early March, and Sinclair went on to admit that the lack of action has been a strange experience, with the Houghton Conquest-born midfielder likening the experience to being retired.

Stuart continued; "Like everyone, I’m going a little bit crazy in lock-down. With football we have routine, it’s a major part of your life.

"I was speaking to my parents the other day and I was saying it was really strange because since I was a young child I’ve always had a game day.

"I’ve always worked towards Saturday and Tuesday nights as my game days, everything is aimed towards that.

"So it’s a strange situation when you don’t have that, it prepares you mentally for retirement I guess, in however many years that is.

"It’s really strange not to have that as a main focus in my day to day activities, it affects everything. I’m 32 and 33 in November, so I want to get as much as I can out of football.

"That day when retirement comes is obviously much closer for me that someone like Alfie or any of the younger lads, so it’s an interesting situation to get your head around.

"I know there will be an enormous void when I do retire, you can’t avoid that. My whole life is aimed around football, the way I eat, the way I do things at home, so it’s been strange without it."

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