Walsall skipper and player of the season Andy Butler has penned a new two-year deal at the Banks`s Stadium.

The centre-back, 27, was instrumental in the Saddlers` successful battle against relegation having only joined as a free agent in November, penning a deal until the end of the season following his summer release from Huddersfield.

Butler, who made 32 appearances, said: "It's great to have my future sorted out. I've loved every minute of my time at Walsall. The fans took to me straight away and to captain the side has been a real honour."

He added: "Next season is all about kicking on and taking the club forward and I'm delighted that I'll be here to play a part in that."

Manager Dean Smith added: "I'm really pleased that Andy sees his future here at Walsall. He's a very popular figure both amongst the fans and in the dressing room. He leads by example and is a player with great ability and an attitude to match.

"I was very keen to seal his long-term future so to do so less than a week after the season has finished is very pleasing. I'm looking forward to him captaining the team again next season."

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