Former Newcastle and Blackburn midfielder Danny Guthrie has revealed that he turned down League 1 clubs to join the Saddlers and said the reason he came here was because of Walsall boss Darrell Clarke.
Guthrie who resides in Shrewsbury started his career as a youth team player at Manchester United before moving to Liverpool. He featured three times for the European Champions before moving on loan to Southampton and Bolton.
He made a permanent move to Newcastle United in 2008 for a few believed to be £2.5m – where he played ninety-two times in four years scoring seven goals.
Guthrie was released by Newcastle in 2012 and joined Premiership new boys Reading, he played sixty two times for the Royals before moving on loan to Fulham.
He made a permanent switch to Blackburn in 2015 and played forty times before moving to Indonesian side Mitra Kukar last season. He featured for them thirty times scoring once before returning to the UK.
Guthrie who provided the cross for James Clarke’s winner against Northampton this weekend said the manager and the club sold it to him and he enjoys being part of a group of players that are ambitious.
Speaking to Express and Star, Guthrie said
“I had a couple of other options, even in League One. But once I came here, I integrated with the group and liked the manager’s ideas for me.”
“That sold it to me really. You’ve got to get a good feeling for somewhere.”
“I want to enjoy coming to work every day and competing with the lads and just be part of something where there’s ambition.”
His experience will be invaluable to what we are trying to do here and its great to here an experienced pro talk about the players and manager in high regard.