Date: 14th June 2016 at 3:07pm
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Walsall boss Jon Whitney has today spoken of his delight at Dean Holden remaining with the Saddlers.

Whitney reveals Holden turned down ‘good offers’ from other clubs to remain at the Saddlers and Whitney continued to speak of the camaraderie at the club.

Whitney said

It`s very good news we have kept Dean. Dean was an associate before he came in – now I would like to class him as a friend.

“People talk about friends in football but the truth is they are few and far between. I think I have a good friendship with Dean now.

“He had offers, some really good offers from other clubs. For him to want to come here and be part of it gives me quite a bit of pride, that he sees in me I can help him develop.

“The mutual respect we have here with John and Neil too. It is a really good staff we have got but the biggest thing is the message we send out is really good.

“It is a really strong, close knit group. There are no chinks in the armour of the staff, we are properly united. I think players will see that and want to come on board.”