Walsall have re-signed midfielder George Dobson on a permanent deal after a spell at Sparta Rotterdam.

The former West Ham academy graduate had already spent time at the Bescot Stadium during the 2016/2017 season making 26 appearances for the Saddlers.

Back in July, Dobson signed for Eredivisie side Sparta Rotterdam for an undisclosed fee but the 20 year old would only go on to make five appearances during his six month stint in the Netherlands.

Dobson signs a two and a half year contract with Jon Whitney’s side as they look to push back up the SkyBet League One table.

Saddler’s boss Whitney was delighted to have his man back, he spoke to the clubs website earlier today:

“George is a player who is really highly thought of here, not just from myself but the players as well.

“We put a year of work into him and he was showing really good promise and undoubted ability.

“He really improved his fitness when he was here and we tried to get him on a permanent in the summer.

“I’ve kept in touch with George over the last four or five months and I’d like to thank the chairman and the board for providing additional funds to get George in.

“It’s a really good signing and it’s pleasing to get him in on a permanent basis.”

Dobson was delighted to return to the SkyBet League One outfit as he looks to put a disspointing spell in Holland behind him and get his career back on track at Walsall. He said:

“I’m delighted to be back.

“When Jon got in contact and said he was interested in taking me back, I threw myself at the chance.

“I loved my time at the club last year. I really felt like I kicked on as a player, particularly in the second half of the season.

“It was my first loan and at the start I found it tough, coming into first-team football and I probably wasn’t quite ready.

“But as the year went on, I felt like I really improved and offered quite a bit to the team.

“I’m physically better now and technically ready to come in and hopefully help the team.”

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