Walsall manager Darrell Clarke has confirmed that star midfielder George Dobson is keen to make a move away from the club this summer, adding that the bids the club have recently received “weren’t acceptable”.

We covered here on The72 earlier this month that League One side Sunderland were keen to bring in midfielder George Dobson from Walsall after the Saddlers suffered relegation to League Two. Dobson was a star performer for the club over the course of the season but his performances were not enough to keep the club in League One.

And, his performances for Walsall have not gone unnoticed, with League One side Sunderland determined to bring him to the Stadium of Light ahead of the new season. But, it has been revealed by Walsall boss Darrell Clarke that the have not yet received an acceptable bid for the midfielder.

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Clarke said (quotes via Chronicle Live):

“I chatted to both of them (Dobson and fellow wantaway Walsall man Morgan Ferrier) before and told them they weren’t in the 22-man travelling squad – we’ll review that when we get back. The players know there were bids that obviously weren’t acceptable for the club and turned down.

“They’ve both shown a desire they would like to move on and that’s where we stand – but things can obviously change quickly in football and we’ll review it when we get back and see where we’re at.

“They’ve been working hard with the youth team this week. I haven’t had a problem with the boys’ attitude, they haven’t given me an ounce of problem.

“Morgan is very, very lively – he just needs a slap a few times, but that’s Morgan Ferrier for you – and Dobbo (Dobson) is a model pro, so there are no problems there.

“But we want players that want to play for Walsall – they might have changed their opinion when I get back and will be keen to be part of this group.”

Dobson, 21, was the star man in Walsall’s struggling side last season, captaining the side over the course of the season despite his tender years. The midfielder played in 44 games across all competitions last season, providing eight assists from the middle of the park.


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