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TRANSFER NEWS Dawson Signs

So after weeks of rumours it is finally official and Bolton Wanderers have announced the loan signing of Craig Dawson from West Bromwich Albion on a three month loan deal.

Dawson is primarily a centre half who is also useful in midfield having captained Rochdale to promotion from that position. He is being brought in on a loan basis to help strengthen what has, so far, been a troublesome position for the Whites with neither Ream, Knight, Ricketts or Mills providing much comfort for watching fans with their performances.

He is also a regular for the England U21 side having made ten appearances - scoring an impressive five goals. He represented Team GB at the London Olympic Backslapping Festival 2012 with distinction.

His career began in the local leagues, where he starred for Radcliffe Borough of the Northern Premier League. He immediately took to professional football like a duck to water and was soon appointed captain. His performances led to a move to Rochdale of League Two where again his performances merited the awarding of the armband soon after joining in 2008.

It was in 2009 that he came to wider attention as a goal scoring midfielder, managing ten in the season before his departure for the Midlands. He joined WBA for a fee believed to be 500,000 and was immediately loaned back to Rochdale for the season.

His time at WBA has been stop-start thus far, with appearances mainly coming in cup games and with the England U21 lads.

He is known to be a dedicated professional, a teetotaller much like Owen Coyle and someone completely devoted to the game. From what I know of him he should definitely bring about a new focus to the back line and his ability to play in midfield will be an added bonus should the need arise.

Dawson is highly rated at The Hawthorns and it is believed that the manager, Steve Clarke, is extremely unwilling to let him leave on a permanent basis, so Wanderers' time with Dawson in the ranks is unlikely to go much further than May. However it is hoped that he can help us climb the table quickly though he will be cup-tied for the game against Everton this weekend.




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Writer: Chris Manning Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday January 24 2013

Time: 5:59PM

Your Comments

Come a bit late, Weater will be back soon. Maybe we can have Weater/Dawson
Muur
To be honest I am more concerned now about all the names linked with the exit door. CYL and Alonso today look nailed on to go, with petrov already gone and ngog also linked with a move. I don't think new davies, a three month loan and a couple "for the future" are going to cut the mustard. Even my sunny disposition and positive outlook is somewhat dimmed today. There must be some players out there who would do a job for us. We look likely to hear the same excuses of a small squad-well its small as we keep letting good players go and not replacing them.
Boltongav
I would be more happy with Wheater/Dawson than Wheater/Knight. Regarding Alonso leaving, I wouldn't be too disheartened as long as a suitable replacement was found, although it's a massive shame to have to write off 2m. As for Chungy, I would doubt that he would have any suitors at the moment as he still hasn't properly returned to form yet. And if N'Gog left I'd be the happiest man in the world. On the other hand, if these transfers happen and if Wylde is indeed going to Hibs on loan it'll leave us incredibly short on cover, and Freedman might just have to reluctantly go for the quick-fix.
thingymajig
Personally I think it's a fairly solid signing and might give the others a boot up the backside - athough we have been defending better recently, any defense being marshalled by Knight has the potential to get a little key stone cops. My main frustration is of the club buying players and then only giving them a 3 year contract. Especially when they come from abroad, 1st year is settling in, second year start to show signs of promise, 3rd year play well and attract interest from other clubs who know they've only got a contract till the ummer so they smell a bargain. 8.2m on Elmander and they only give him a 3 year deal being a prime example. Lunancy. If they had giving Alonso a 5 year deal, that would have only taken him up to the age of 24/25. He isn't on mega money, we bought him young so he was only going to get better and even if he didn't work out, we'd easily be able to sell him now for a million quid to an ambitious Championship club or back to Spain, as an ex-Real Madrid player with Premiership experience. We keep setting ourselves up to lose money on these 3 year contracts being dishedout to young kids and expensive signings! If you're reading this Mr X - you'd be right in thinking I'm pointing the finger squarely at our esteemed Chairman!
yardinhio
Based on the caution displayed by our management Dawson might get his first game in March, just after Davies gets a run out while our returning 'stars' Holden Wheater, etc may see 90 minutes sometime in February
aussie mike
Good loan signing I'd say, but indeed will he get a game anytime soon? I think the threat of Alonso or CLY leaving is balanced by the return of Holden, Vela, Wheater, the arrival of Davies 3 and DF being slightly more willing to play Sordell. But yes, with Alonso, whether he goes now or in the summer it looks like we will lose out and will have once again shot ourselves in the foot !
Skopelos Chris
Knight and Mears haven't even been able to find a sponsor - that says something! Spot on about BWFC and the way it ****s up every contract it makes. If it was any other business gartslime would have been ejected years ago for incompetence. He should be done by the fraud squad for impersonating a businessman.
Pedro1874
Following on from yardinhio's analysis of our contract and transfer strategy, I just read in the Bolton News that we are in no hurry to offer new contracts to 'Students' Holden or SKD despite both having just six months term to run, because we are 16th in the championship. Anyone got a brick wall I can go and beat my head against? With SKD you can understand but Holden??? Yeah let's let go for nothing the player who was the lynchpin of our team until he got injured, whose absence arguably started our steady decline to where we are now and on whom we've presumably shelled out countless pounds and dollars for his rehabilitation. Perfect sense - and fearless ambition... Aaaaagh
Skopelos Chris
I can't believe 'students' will go. I think the club want to see he is ok for a few weeks then he will sign. He seems a decent sort and he knows he owes us.
Boltongav
 

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