Beevers brought to 'stabilise' Saddlers

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Walsall manager Dean Smith has bagged versatile defender Lee Beevers, who joins the club with a wealth of experience.

The Saddlers signed the 27-year-old on a one-year deal from Colchester United, after the player impressed in a 2-0 pre-season victory against Greenock Morton on Wednesday.

Smith praised Beevers, who can play in any defensive position, for his versatility and stability.

The Walsall boss, who started his playing career at Banks’s Stadium, said: "He can play in a number of defensive positions, is good on the ball and a threat in both boxes.

"He will be a valuable addition to our squad and has looked really sharp and bright in training over the past few days."

Beevers, who once played for the Wales Under-21 team, said he was delighted to be a part of Walsall’s new campaign.


He said: "The manager spoke well about his plans and really sold the club to me, plus the facilities here are excellent and everything is geared up to move forward.

"We have a good bunch of lads here… It's been an enjoyable time and it was nice to get back into action against Greenock Morton on Wednesday evening.

“I felt that we looked strong and compact and it was good to get off to a winning start, but at this stage it is all about getting our fitness levels up."

Beevers is already drawn in by the club that he describes as the forgotten club of the Midlands, and he spoke at length about the need to build up the club’s influence in the region before climbing up the Football League ladder.

“It’s a struggle for us to get the fanbase now with all the big clubs around us who have gone on, proven it and got promoted a few times," said the player.

“Walsall are one of the teams that, because they have been in the league for a while, are almost part of the furniture.

“We need to get rid of that label and start pushing towards the top. There’s no reason why we can’t get promoted.

“It’s a strong league next year but we’ve been doing well in pre-season so if we can just keep it going and all stick together there’s a lot we can achieve.”

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