League One season preview: Walsall

Walsall key man: Andy Butler Photo: PA

Manager: Dean Smith

Position last season: 19th

Nickname: The Saddlers

Ground: Banks's Stadium

Capacity: 11,300

Players in: Ashley Hemmings (Wolves, released), Florent Cuvelier (Stoke, six-month loan), Dean Holden (Rochdale, free), Febian Brandy (Panetolikos, free), James Baxendale (Doncaster, free), Ben Purkiss and Nicky Featherstone (both Hereford, free)

Players out: Alex Nicholls (Northampton, free), Mat Sadler (Crawley, free), Ryan Jarvis (Torquay, free), Olly Lancashire (Aldershot, free), Kevan Hurst (Southend, free), Jamie Tank (Wolves, undisclosed), Connor Deards (Redditch, free) Jon Macken, Anton Peterlin and Jonny Haynes (released), Emanuel Ledesma (Middlesbrough, free), Darryl Westlake (Sheffield United, tribunal)

Key man: Andy Butler - Dean Smith immediately saw the leader in Butler and made him captain as soon as he was appointed manager. The defender will be key to Walsall surviving again this season.

Chances: Walsall continue life in League One after successfully battling against relegation for the second successive year last season. Manager Smith has seen a large turnover of players at the club as he hopes to find a winning solution.