Walsall defender Ben Purkiss has signed a new one-year-deal.

The 30-year-old full-back arrived from Hereford United two years ago before going on to make more than 40 appearances for the Saddlers, prompting the offer of a contract extension.

"I am very pleased to have signed this new deal," Purkiss told the club's official website.

"It means that I can now start planning for the new season.

"It's always important at this time of the year to be able to take stock, look at the areas of my game that need work and use the summer to do it so that I can return fresh and ready to hit the ground running."

Having finished 13th last season, the former York and Oxford defender was optimistic about Walsall's chances next season despite the club releasing eight players including top scorer Craig Westcarr.

"I'm looking forward to the new season; there will be some new faces coming into the club as we look to build upon the previous campaign both individually and as a collective," he added.

"We have a good nucleus here. The goalkeeper is as good as anyone at this level and there is a strong foundation with plenty of quality.

"There are areas that clearly need attention, but the gaffer is aware of that and is working hard to address the situation."