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Saddlers snap up striker Danny Johnson

23 July 2022

Walsall Football Club are delighted to announce the signing of striker Danny Johnson on a six-month loan from Mansfield Town.

The 29-year-old, who found the back of the net seven times in 26 appearances for the Stags in all competitions last season, including one against the Saddlers back in September, becomes our 14th signing of the summer.

He was prolific in the 2020/21 season as he bagged 20 goals for Leyton Orient in Sky Bet League Two.

Johnson started his career in League Two making his professional league debut back in October 2014 for Tranmere Rovers in a 0-0 draw against Mansfield.

During his debut season in the Football League, where he spent some time with Stevenage on loan, Johnson made nine appearances in all competitions scoring one goal which came in the then named Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.

After just one season with Tranmere, Johnson moved to Gateshead where he would spend three seasons.

In his first campaign with The Heed, he found the back of the net 13 times in the National League, including one against his former side.

He continued to show his goal scoring touch during his second season with Gateshead as he netted a further 18 goals in 38 appearances for them, taking his total of the two seasons to 31 goals in 74 games.

Johnson’s third and final season with Gateshead again saw him in fine form in front of goal, this time scoring 14 goals meaning he scored 45 goals in 111 games.

In the summer of 2018, Johnson moved to Scotland, firstly with Motherwell. During his only season with them, he scored eight times in 28 league and cup matches, including goals against Celtic and Rangers.

His time with Motherwell came to an end at the close of the season as he moved to Dundee where he would spend the first six months of the season, scoring seven goals in 22 games before completing a move to League Two side Leyton Orient.

The forward finished the 2019/20 season with two goals in two appearances for Orient and continued his fine form in front of goal in the 2020/21 season, netting eight goals in the opening 10 games of the campaign, eventually going on to score 20 goals that season.

On his move to the Saddlers, Johnson is looking forward to the season starting and is hoping to have another productive season on the goal scoring front.

“I’m delighted to be here,” he said.

“After speaking to the gaffer, he made me feel wanted to come down and play some games.

“I’m a poacher, stick me in and around the box, give me the ball and I back myself to put the ball in the back of the net.

“I like to score goals for the team and that’s what I think I can bring to the Club.”

Saddlers Head Coach Michael Flynn expressed his delight at adding Johnson to his squad and he can’t wait to work with what he describes as a natural goal scorer.

“I’m really pleased to have Danny in the building,” Flynn said.

“He’s a proven scorer at this level and he’s shown a desire to come and play games for us.

“I’d like to thank Trivela and Leigh for their support and also Nigel Clough and David Sharpe.”


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