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29 June 2016

Club News


29 June 2016

Saddlers sign West Ham youngster...

Walsall FC are delighted to announce the signing of highly-rated central midfielder George Dobson on a season-long loan from West Ham United. 

The promising 18-year-old becomes the Saddlers’ sixth signing of the summer as manager Jon Whitney continues to reshape his squad. 

Dobson started his career with Arsenal, where he captained their Under-18 side and also featured in the UEFA Youth League. 

He signed for his boyhood club West Ham in July 2015 and helped the Hammers win the Under-21 Premier League Cup last season, beating Hull on penalties in the final. 

The youngster made 21 appearances for their Under-21 side last term and was also named on the first-team substitutes’ bench for their Premier League games against Tottenham and Everton.

“George is someone we noticed a few months ago," said Whitney. "We did our homework on him and spoke with West Ham. He’s held in really high regard and he’s a player who plays beyond his years. 

“They brought him in from Arsenal where he played as a centre half but was moved forward to play as a holding midfielder - which is where we see him playing. I’m sure he’ll come in and really strengthen our team. 

“I know he’ll go on to be a top player of the highest level and we’re lucky that West Ham have entrusted us with his development for the next 12 months. 

“Age is not a factor. If he comes in and is good enough then he will play. He’s here to fight for a place in the team.”

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