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Dobson delighted to be back

4 January 2018

Midfielder George Dobson says the opportunity to join the Saddlers for a second time was too good to turn down.

The 20-year-old signed a two-and-a-half year contract with the club yesterday after leaving Dutch Eredivisie side Sparta Rotterdam by mutual consent.

Dobson scored one goal in 26 appearances for the Saddlers on loan from West Ham last season before opting to move to Holland in the summer.

The ex-Arsenal youth player enjoyed his experience in the Netherlands but admits he is delighted to be back at the Banks’s.

“It was completely different playing in Holland,” said Dobson.

“The playing style was different and it was tough living away from home. It was a completely different lifestyle.

“When I was playing it was really good, and when I was out of the team I found it quite tough. It was an experience that I’m really glad I had.

“I got to experience playing in a top foreign league and against some top teams in Holland.

“It’s something I definitely don’t regret, but once I got the opportunity to come back I jumped at it.”

Dobson is hoping his familiarity with the club will enable him to hit the ground running as he bids to claim a midfield berth.

“I spoke to Joe [Edwards] the other day and he couldn’t believe I was coming back!” Dobson added.

“He said he was happy for me and I’ll meet the rest of the boys today. I’m looking forward to seeing everyone.

“There’ll be a few familiar faces and a few new ones. There won’t really be a settling in period, which will be good as I can go straight in and focus on my football.

"You need to make sure you give everything you can to impress the manager and the other coaches to get yourself into their thoughts to get into the starting team.

“To get into the team is obviously my aim and I’m really, really looking forward to it.”


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