CU­VE­LIER IS KEY TO OUR PROSPECTS – WHITNEY

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Luke Baker

WAL­SALL boss Jon Whitney plans to build his team around Florent Cu­ve­lier, af­ter the mid­fielder signed a one-year con­tract ex­ten­sion with the club.

Cu­ve­lier joined the Sad­dlers for a third spell over the sum­mer – hav­ing twice pre­vi­ously been on loan at the Banks’s Sta­dium – and has now agreed a deal to re­main with the club un­til the sum­mer of 2018.

The 24-year-old Bel­gian has been out with a calf in­jury since mid-Fe­bru­ary and is not ex­pected to re­turn to ac­tion un­til April.

But he showed more than enough dur­ing his 20 ap­pear­ances prior to the knock to con­vince Whitney he will be piv­otal to suc­cess next sea­son.

“It’s a fan­tas­tic sign­ing for us,” said Whitney. “He’s an im­por­tant player and the run of games he had co­in­cided with us do­ing re­ally well.

“He was very un­for­tu­nate with his in­jury at Scun­thorpe as I felt he was hit­ting his top form then – and we were see­ing the Flo of old from his pre­vi­ous spells with us.

“I was re­ally keen to keep him for next sea­son be­cause he’s the type of per­son you can build your team around.

“His work ethic is ex­cep­tional and his tal­ent is end­less. I can see him hav­ing a re­ally big sea­son with us next year.”

Cu­ve­lier is yet to score dur­ing his third spell at Wal­sall, but that hasn’t stopped the former Sh­effield United man from dream­ing big.

“I feel very happy to be stay­ing for another year at this foot­ball club,” said Cu­ve­lier. “I love the place and I feel re­ally com­fort­able here.

“I want to come back as soon as I can this sea­son and try to score a goal.

“I want to per­form at my best, work hard, play as many games as I can, get pro­moted and play in the Cham­pi­onship.”

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