Danny Guthrie 'Turned Down Bigger Offers' to Stay With the Saddlers

Walsall midfielder Danny Guthrie has revealed that he turned down other clubs in order to remain part of Darrell Clarke's squad.
Guthrie has played at the highest level of English football during a fifteen year professional career, turning out for the likes of Liverpool, Newcastle United, Reading and Blackburn Rovers, he is not short of experience, something Clarke was keen to retain.

Signed as part of the manager's summer overhaul last year, Danny went on to make twenty-eight appearances during his first season in WS1, and admitted he has some unfinished business to attend to during the upcoming 2020/21 campaign.

Following Monday's return to training Danny sat down with media man Tom Heslop and, via Saddlers TV, answered a series of questions.

When asked how pleased he was to agree new terms with the Banks's Stadium club, Guthrie said; "Yeah I was pleased, it was dragging on a bit for a couple of weeks due to the fact that I had other options.

"But my main intention was always to sign a new deal with Walsall. I really enjoyed my time here last year. It was a little bit frustrating with injuries. A bit stop/ start for me and it felt like I missed crucial parts of the season that could've helped the team.

"I had a great relationship with the lads and the staff here, the manager was great with me.

"So, Walsall was always pulling me but I had to sit and listen to everything that was coming in, especially at my age, and in the end I signed for Walsall, had no problems in taking a salary cut and turned down bigger offers just because of the relationships here and it felt like a little bit of unfinished business."

Danny was then asked what Darrell Clarke said that swayed him to turn down other club's advances and pen new terms with the Saddlers. He responded; "He didn't really have to say much.

"It was; I knew what I was getting here, and, you know, the gaffer is a really honest person and he helped me a lot last year in terms of when I needed to have a rest or structured my training around my age, the games were coming thick and fast so he was good to me that way, he looked after me, on and off the pitch.

"So it wasn't a really hard decision, I wanted to take everything in and take a couple of weeks and we got there in the end.

"To be honest the gaffer didn't have to say a lot, I knew what was coming if I re-signed. I was really excited, you know what I am really excited jut to get going again and give it a push this year."

You can watch Danny's full interview, where he answers plenty more questions, via the club's official YouTube Channel.
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