Both Walsall boss Dean Keates and “new signing” Ben Purkiss have both spoken of their delight following the news that Ben has returned to the club on non contractual terms.
Purkiss will help Dean with the scouting aspect of the club and will help with his experience whilst he undergoes rehabilitation for a neck injury which sidelined him last season.
Purkiss was released by Swindon during the summer but is now keen to get back on the field whilst helping off it.
Ben was part of that historical side which reached Wembley for the first time in the clubs history.
Speaking to the Official Site, Walsall boss Dean Keates said
“It’s good to have Ben on board,”
“He has a wealth of experience and is highly regarded at the club – staff and supporters – from his first spell with us.
“He’s struggled a little with injury since leaving Swindon at the end of last season. He will continue his rehabilitation with us and also undertake scouting duties and we will see how things evolve over the season.
“He has made over 400 senior appearances and is Chairman of the PFA, so he’s an asset with a great affinity to the club.”
Purkiss also spoke of his delight at being back at a club which he holds close to his heart.
“I’m delighted to be back,”
“Walsall are a club close to my heart and I’m grateful of the opportunity they have afforded me.
“While I’m not putting a timescale on my return, I’m hopeful of recovering from my neck injury and believe I still have a role to play at the club, both on and off the field.”