Plymouth Argyle veteran Gary Sawyer has signed a contract extension at Home Park as Ryan Lowe begins to assemble his squad for a tilt at League One next season.
The club’s official website pafc.co.uk confirmed on Monday that the club captain has accepted his manager’s offer of a new deal ahead of 2020/21, following on from team-mate Danny Mayor in recent days.
The 34-year-old defender is just three games short of the 300 mark for Plymouth, having signed his first professional deal with the club way back in 2003/04, and he has spent the majority of his club career with the Pilgrims.
Despite his advancing years, he was still a regular feature in Lowe’s starting XI during the 2019/20 season, making 28 starts in Argyle’s promotion-winning campaign and playing his part in helping his team to record the joint-third best defensive record in League Two.
A left-back for most of his career, Sawyer showed his versatility by spending the bulk of the season just gone in the centre of defence, a role in which he had only briefly dabbled prior to last summer.
Sawyer was a regular presence in the team in their two most recent League One seasons, although whether he will start every week against younger strikers of a better standard than those he faced this term is debatable.
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Nevertheless, as Lowe tries to get as strong a squad as possible in place for Plymouth’s return to the third tier, having their long-serving captain on board once again should come as a tremendous fillip. Both on and off the pitch, the veteran defender’s leadership and experience of more than 400 Football League games could be massively influential at Home Park in the coming season.
Plymouth fans, how big a boost is it to have Sawyer with the squad for at least another season? Comment below with your views!
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