Walsall have today signed former defender Mat Sadler following his release from Shrewsbury Town.
Sadler is no stranger to WS1 as he played forty six games for the Saddlers in the 2011/12 season – we do love signing a former player!
He started his career with Birmingham City before moving to Watford. He joined the Saddlers on a permanent deal in 2011 where he played every minute for the club during that season, he was voted the second best player that season, finishing behind Andy Butler in the end of season awards.
Following his departure from Walsall, Sadler moved onto Sean O’Driscolls Crawley and then onto Rotherham before signing permanently for Shrewsbury in 2105.
He made over one hundred appearances for Salop becoming club captain and a real fans favourite.
Sadler led Salop out as captain at Wembley twice last season as, under Paul Hurst, Shrews reached the Checkatrade Trophy and League One play-off finals, losing out to Lincoln and Rotherham.
He scooped all awards in 2017 winning their fans and players player of the year.
Sadler fits the mould of being able to play in a whole host of positions, he started out as a left back with the Saddlers but then became more of a centre back with Shrewsbury. Shrewsbury fans were disappointed to lose him during the summer feeling he still had enough about him for League 1 football.
Sadler has played over five hundred games during his career and will certainly add that experience that we have been crying out for.
Everyone at Vital Walsall welcomes Mat to the club for a second time.