Downing pens new Saddlers deal

Walsall defender Paul Downing has signed a new contract which will see him remain at the club until 2015.

Last Updated: 13/09/13 at 11:49

Paul Downing: Extends Bescot stay

Paul Downing: Extends Bescot stay

More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

Downing, 21, has made 40 appearances for the Saddlers since joining from West Brom in 2012 and manager Dean Smith is delighted the highly-rated youngster has put pen to paper.

"I'm really pleased that Paul has signed this new deal," he said.

"He's done really well since he broke into the team and has put in some consistent and mature displays.

"With the way he has played and developed since he has been here, he deserves it. It's important for the club and the direction in which we want to go that players like Paul are signed up on longer deals.

"He's a hard-working lad who was given an excellent grounding in the game at West Brom and has taken the chance that has been presented to him here.

"He had to be patient initially, but he's grabbed his opportunity and it's a real boost that he has committed his future to us and what we are trying to achieve here."

Downing himself added: "I'm happy the deal has been done and now I want to concentrate on the rest of the season.

"I'm happy here, I'm a local lad who is really enjoying his football and I am delighted with the progress I have made since I have been at the club.

"My improvement is a credit to the staff and players and now I want to focus on carrying that on. I'm still young and learning all of the time."

More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

put Ince in my fantasy football team, so it's no surprise at all really. I do that to players. Also responsible for De Jong and Upson being injured. Think I'll transfer in Di Maria just to ruin United....

megabrow (cufc)
F365's Top Ten Surprise Strugglers

L

ovren? £20m always seemed a touch on the expensive side, but I wasn't expecting him to be quite such a waste of money

stevenjameshyde
F365's Top Ten Surprise Strugglers

H

alf of our players have the physical presence of a 14 year old girl. I don't know why people are always shocked that they're injured.

TheWhiz
Wenger baffled by injuries

Footer 365

Championship: Fulham owner Shahid Khan names five-man search party for new manager

Danny Murphy, Brian McBride, and Sky Sports pundit Niall Quinn will help Fulham's search for their new manager.

Manchester United confirm Ander Herrera has suffered a broken rib

Manchester United have confirmed that Ander Herrera suffered a fractured rib against West Ham on Saturday.

Premier League: Arsene Wenger says Olivier Giroud's new contract is 'done deal'

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says a new contract for French striker Olivier Giroud is a 'done deal'.

Mail Box

#Usingfootballersnamesineverydaylife

We have the last of these as well as mails on Liverpool, Wayne Rooney, QPR, Arsenal's injuries and more. It's a mailbox that's Alonso rather than Rafael, if you will...

How Much In 'Pounds Raheem Sterling'?

A whole lot of you use footballers' names in everyday life. And you hate yourselves for it. As you should. We also have mails on Newcastle, Rooney and more...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property