After a trial at Championship high-flyers West Bromwich Albion, free agent defender Russell Martin is set to join League One side Walsall in a player-coach role, according to the Daily Mail.

Defender Russell Martin had a trial at West Bromwich Albion with former teammate Wes Hoolahan back in September. However, the Scotsman looks set to join League One promotion candidates Walsall as a player-coach.

Baggies manager Darren Moore decided to sign veteran playmaker Wes Hoolahan, but opted not to bring in Martin after the trial.

“We’ve looked at a few players, Russ being one of them. Any player coming into West Brom will definitely have to add to the squad to give us what’s not there,” the manager told Birmngham Live.

The 32-year-old wasn’t offered a contract at the end of his trial spell at The Hawthorns, and hasn’t had a look into the game since the trial with West Brom.

The defender spent last season on loan at Scottish giants Rangers, making 15 appearances in the second half of the season under then-manager Graeme Murty. He picked up one goal in his short spell back in his home country as Rangers finished in 3rd place.

Walsall manager Dean Keates is well acquainted with the former Norwich City defender. The two spent time together at Peterborough United for the 2008/2009 season under then manager Darren Ferguson. Should the defender join, he could make his debut as early as tomorrow afternoon, as Walsall face Nathan Jones’ Luton Town side on Saturday afternoon.




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