James O'Connor: Walsall centre-back agrees contract extension until 2018

James O'Connor
James O'Connor began his career on the books at Aston Villa

Defender James O'Connor has signed a two-year extension to his contract with League One club Walsall.

The 31-year-old joined the promotion-chasing Saddlers from Derby on a one-year deal in July 2014 and agreed to another 12 months last May.

"I'm delighted to have got my contract done so early and I can focus on my football again now," O'Connor told the club's official website.

Birmingham-born O'Connor will remain at The Banks's Stadium until 2018.

He has scored twice in 39 appearances this season as fourth-placed Walsall, again under the interim care of Jon Whitney following the departure of Sean O'Driscoll, try and stay in the race for automatic promotion to the Championship.

Familiar faces make immediate impact

Whitney, together with goalkeeper coach Neil Cutler and development coach John Ward, are back at the helm after stepping into the breach when Dean Smith left to join Brentford last November.

Saturday's 4-1 win at Chesterfield ended a run of six matches without a victory and left them three points behind second-placed Wigan with a game in hand.

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