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Aramide Oteh returns to Walsall!

24 July 2023

Club News

Aramide Oteh returns to Walsall!

24 July 2023

Walsall Football Club are pleased to announce the signing of striker Aramide Oteh from Crawley Town on a one-year contract, with the option of a second year.

Oteh will be a familiar face to Saddlers fans as he enjoyed a loan spell at the Poundland Bescot Stadium in 2019 when he was 20 years-old.

First Team Coach Darren Byfield also knows Oteh well having worked closely with him at Broadfield Stadium.

The 24-year-old is a product of Tottenham Hotspur’s youth academy. He joined Queens Park Rangers in 2017 and made his debut in the Championship at the age of 19. He netted his first goal for the Hoops on his third appearance away at Burton Albion in the league.

He then continued his development on various loan spells with the Saddlers, Bradford City, Stevenage and Colchester United.

The pacey attacker left QPR on a permanent basis in the summer of 2021 and joined Salford City on a short-term contract before his move to Crawley Town in February 2022.

Oteh enjoyed his best season in front of goal in the 2022/23 campaign, netting seven goals for the Red Devils.

Oteh nets against Tranmere Rovers for Crawley last season

He is now looking forward to playing at the Poundland Bescot Stadium again and is keen to continue improving.

“I’m glad to be back,” Oteh said.

“When I was here previously, the fans were always supportive and showed me love and that was a reason why I wanted to come back.

“I want to show them what I’m capable of doing and hopefully we’ll have beautiful moments together.

“You always want to try and improve; you know you’re going to have players in your position that you have to battle out against but it’s healthy competition and that’s something you want to have so you can achieve big things.

“I want to kick on from last season, which was probably my best season. I want to push on and hopefully I can do that individually and collectively here.”

Head Coach Mat Sadler is pleased to further boost his attacking armoury with the addition of Oteh.

“I’m really happy to get Aramide to the club,” he said.

“I really like his attacking play, he’s exceptionally bright, quick and moves the team up the pitch. The flip of that is he works extremely hard out of possession and really hard for the team.

“Darren spoke really highly of him as well. We had a lot of conversations about him and a lot of them were centred about how hard he is willing to work both in and out of possession for the team.

“He adds something a little bit different to what we’ve currently got in our attack and he’s another good addition to the club.”

Byfield is also pleased to be working with Oteh again.

“I’m looking forward to working with Aramide again,” added Byfield.

“I think he will fit in really well. He has all of the characteristics that we want from a player and his personality in terms of in and out of possession.

“All the players bring something individually and what Aramide will bring is the ability to drive and dribble at players and get fans on their feet. Out of possession he will work so hard to win the ball back.

“He will fit in with the boys and he will help us be more successful as well.”

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