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Lee Tomlin joins the Saddlers

25 February 2022

Walsall Football Club are delighted to announce the signing of attacker Lee Tomlin on a deal until the end of the season, subject to international clearance.

The 33-year-old arrives on a free transfer after he left Championship side Cardiff City back in October.

Tomlin brings a wealth of experience having played 570 matches throughout his career, scoring 121 times.

He began his career at Rushden & Diamonds in the National League (then Conference Premier) where his form earned him a move to Peterborough United in League One.

He helped Posh earn promotion to the Championship in his first season, contributing 11 goals.

Tomlin spent a further two-and-a-half years at London Road before he joined Middlesbrough in January 2014.

He had an 18-month spell at the Riverside, scoring 14 goals before moving to the Premier League with AFC Bournemouth in the summer of 2015.

Six months later, he joined Bristol City on loan before he made the move permanent in the summer.

In July 2017, he made the switch to Cardiff City. His most successful season in South Wales came in 2019-20 where he bagged nine goals, including one in the play-off semi-final, and 10 assists.

Tomlin is pleased to have put pen to paper on a deal until the end of the season and is looking forward to getting on the pitch.

“I’m happy to be here,” he said.  

“I had a phone call from the Head Coach when he got the job asking if I’d like to come in.

“I remember the first day I first came in I enjoyed training, I enjoyed being around the lads and that’s all I want to do – enjoy football again.

“I’ve had a few months out now, got myself fit again so hopefully I can kick on and do my best for Walsall.”

Saddlers Head Coach Michael Flynn is delighted to have secured his services and believes he is a good fit for his squad.

“Lee, first of all didn’t want to move away having had a new baby but he ticked a lot of boxes and once somebody with his quality becomes available and you manage to get him, you’re over the moon.

“Lee can unlock any defence in this league, he scores goals and he creates them too and so he will no doubt improve us from an attacking front.

“He’s been training with us recently and whilst we continue to work on his match fitness, he is eager, raring to go and ready top help the team.”


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