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Saddlers snap up Isaac Hutchinson

22 June 2022

Walsall Football are delighted to announce the signing of Isaac Hutchinson on a one-year deal, which includes an option.

The attacking midfielder, who can also play as a winger, will officially join on July 1st upon the expiry of his contract at Derby County.

The 22-year-old spent eight years in Brighton & Hove Albion’s youth system and attracted interest from Sparta Prague before he joined Southend United in 2018.

He made a dream start at Roots Hall, scoring on his debut in a 3-1 win over Cambridge United in the EFL Trophy.

Hutchinson played 40 times for the Shrimpers and caught the eye of Derby who signed him in October 2020 and he made his Rams debut in the FA Cup against Chorley in January 2021.

Later that month, he signed for Forest Green Rovers on loan and helped them qualify for the play-offs.

He returned to Pride Park in the summer of 2021 and scored his first goal for Derby in a Carabao Cup tie against Salford City in August.

Hutchinson was on the move again in January 2022 as he joined Crawley Town on loan and scored twice in 19 appearances, including a cracking strike against the Saddlers back in April.

The diminutive midfielder is looking forward to linking up with his new teammates at Poundland Bescot Stadium.

"I am buzzing to get it over the line,” he said.

“I spoke to the manager a couple of weeks ago and I loved everything that he had to say, it was a positive chat.

“I am an attacking midfielder but I can play in any of the midfield roles and try and put my own spin on it.

“I can play out wide as well if needed and I think what fans will see is me trying to attack and try and get them off their seat. I’ll also do what I can defensively to try and help the team.

“To get it over the line and to be a Walsall player, I am happy with it."

Head Coach Michael Flynn is pleased to have acquired Hutchinson’s signature.

“Isaac has real energy in midfield,” Flynn said.

“He’s box-to-box and can add goals and assists.

“He’s had a good upbringing at Derby and he scored against us last season for Crawley.

“He’s at the right age, he’s hungry and is a player that I’m excited to be working with and help progress his career.”

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