Walsall FC are delighted to announce the arrival of goalkeeper Jack Rose on a season-long loan from Premier League side Southampton.
The 24-year-old, who is from Solihull, was on West Bromwich Albion’s books as a youngster and has gained EFL experience on loan at Accrington Stanley and Crawley Town.
“I am over the moon to be with Walsall for the season,” Rose told iFollow Walsall.
“It’s a local team for me, I am excited to be here and I am excited to be around a first-team environment. I can’t wait to get going.
“I have spoken to most of the lads this morning and they seem like a great bunch.
“Everyone has been very welcoming and to come in so early in pre-season is great for any player because you are able to get a feel of the place and nothing is awkward for you then.
“I am very excited to work under Maik Taylor, I used to watch him as a young lad when he was playing.
“I know he has got a wealth of experience and I am just looking forward to being able to pick his brains at every possible opportunity.”
Manager Darrell Clarke added: “I’m pleased to get somebody of his calibre in for a season loan and I’m looking for him to push for number one.
“It’s good to have a couple of very good goalkeepers competing for the number one jersey.
“He’s a good age now and needs to be playing competitive football. We’re pleased to have struck a deal to get him here.”
The Solihull-born stopper came through West Brom’s academy and signed his first professional contract in June 2013.
He was loaned to Accrington in November 2014 and kept a clean sheet on his professional debut in an FA Cup tie at Notts County – his first of eight starts for Stanley.
The 6’3” custodian had a similar spell at Crawley towards the end of the 2015/16 campaign, playing five times for the Reds.
He also made one EFL Trophy appearance for West Brom’s Under-21s, against Millwall, before signing for Southampton in August 2017.