Date: 4th June 2014 at 9:38am
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Walsall defender Paul Downing today spoke out regarding next season, the loss of Andy Butler and the need for himself and Sam Mantom to lead by example next season.

Speaking to Saddlers.co.uk, Downing said “The aim has to be to make it third time lucky and get into the play-offs. The League will provide us with a good challenge, but one that I feel we are more than capable of rising to’

Downing on Butler – ‘Like everyone else, I was sad to see ‘Buts` go,” he added.”He has served the club well and been loyal and I think that the fans accept his reasons for wanting to find a club nearer his home’

“It means that I will have someone new alongside me and I am looking forward to building that relationship’

Downing was a key figure last season and it is hoped that his consistency will continue through 2014/15 as he starts to emerge as the next big thing!